Josephine Plunkett, a ‘dangerous’ rebel? How did the Commissioner of the Dublin Metropolitan Police get it so wrong? What else did he miss?
The strange phenomenon that was Joseph Mary Plunkett – invalid, bohemian, fey man of letters, theatrical spy, bookish military strategist, unrequited lover, very public lover, and ultimately executed revolutionary.
After all the excitement of the Rising, he worked doggedly to help people who had been part of it.
His trial was fraught with difficulty and sabotaged in various ways.
After the Rising bridges the gap between May 1916 and the Truce in mid-1921.During this period the justice system appeared to be in constant crisis as the authorities struggled to deal with the growing insurrection in the years following the Easter Rebellion.
What is most striking to me about the pre-Rising Irish middle-class is its freewheeling bohemian character: romantic advanced nationalism provided many fora (meetings, dance-floors, remote country language camps, amateur and professional theatrical stages, communist communes) for debating and living secularism, feminism, suffragism, even vegetarianism and lesbianism.
Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising helped to shape political forces in Australia at a crucial time in our own national history.
A Feature by Desmond Fennell I believe the best way to honour the men of 1916 is to recall periodically what they were about and to consider its continuing relevance to us. Those who were articulate—who wrote and spoke for all of them—were by their own words humanists who directed their efforts to restoring …
This is an outstanding example of citizen journalism at its very best.
A Film and Symposium at the University of New South Wales, 15-16 June 2016