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Mystic and Revolutionary

Mystic and Revolutionary

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. Continue reading

Crisis in the Courts after 1916

Crisis in the Courts after 1916

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. Continue reading

The Quixotic Generation of 1916

The Quixotic Generation of 1916

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. Continue reading

The Humanism of 1916

  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 … Continue reading