This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916, a historic event which has since defined the nature of politics, history and society on this island up to the present day. Another event in Irish and British history which shares its centenary year with the Easter Rising is the Battle of the Somme; an event which saw thousands of Irishmen from divergent political traditions on this island offer the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of the Western Front. While in the Republic of Ireland the Rising has been marked with varying degrees of importance over the years, commemorating the Somme has until recently at least, been somewhat muted.
‘In the Name of Future Generations: Approaches to the Meaning of 1916 in 2016’, not only looks to the past but also to the future in terms of interpreting the meaning and significance of these two watershed events in Irish and British History. Our pasts may indeed be divergent, but they need not continue to be divisive.
The Department of History at UL in association with Limerick Museum & Archives and Unite the Union, welcome you to partake in this unique and historic event. The symposium will take place in the magnificent St. Mary’s Cathedral in the historic heart of Limerick city.
Admission to the symposium is free, however booking is essential. Book your place now on Eventbrite.com.
Doors open from 1.30pm
Symposium begins at 2.00pm.
Opening Address by the President of the University of Limerick, Professor Don Barry
Refreshments will be served during the interval.
All day parking is available in the Potato Market car park for just €4 for those attending this historic event.
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