Published Articles

UCD and the Irish Independent collaborated to produce a series of 10 supplements, published between October 2015 and March 2016, to tell the story of 1916. The 1916 Collection covers the personalities, events, themes and legacy of this historic period. Below we have selected some of the key articles, writings and commentary from UCD academics. You will also be able to download the entire collection.

UCD/Irish Independent 1916 Collection

Patrick Pearse and the Road to Rebellion
1916 Collection 1, Friday 16 October 2015

  • Parliamentarians to paramilitarians, Dr Conor Mulvagh, Decade of Commemorations lecturer, UCD School of History Electoral politics and physical force were not ideologies in Ireland – they were tactics VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Patrick Pearse – the many faces of an unlikely revolutionary, Dr Regina Uí Chollatáin, lecturer in Modern Irish History and Head of School, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore Patrick Pearse – the son, the poet, the teacher, the barrister, the political activist VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Pearse and the martyrdom complex, Dr Richard McElligott, lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD School of History More of an orator than a military leader VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • A boy in the shadow of his brother, Dr Leanne Blaney, social and transport historian who recently completed her PhD in the UCD School of History. Loyal to the very end, William ‘Willie’ Pearse’s contribution to the Rising was humble but shouldn’t be forgotten VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Asquith’s flawed Irish compromise, Professor Ronan Fanning, Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish History at UCD The British prime minister’s delay and indecision ultimately condemned Ireland to partition VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • John Redmond, Donal Fallon, author and historian currently researching republican commemoration and memory at UCD Mini Profile VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Edward Carson, Dr Richard McElligott, lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD School of History Mini Profile VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, The Mother by Patrick Pearse, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Patrick Pearse and the Road to Rebellion - 1916 Collection 1, Friday 16 October 2015 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

Joseph Plunkett and Assembling the Armies
1916 Collection 2, Thursday 29 October 2015

  • Assembling armies and acquiring arms, Dr Conor Mulvagh, Decade of Commemorations lecturer, UCD School of History The years leading up to the Rising saw plenty of activities as the Irish nationalists began to make long-term plans VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Joseph Mary Plunkett, ailing writer who shaped the rebellion, Dr Conor Mulvagh, Decade of Commemorations lecturer, UCD School of History Military tactician of the Rising who married shortly before his execution in Kilmainham Gaol VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Kathleen Lynn, the rebel commander who founded a hospital, Professor Mary E Daly, President of the Royal Irish Academy and emeritus professor, UCD School of History The inspirational doctor who fought with the Citizen Army and for the health of Dublin’s poor VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • IRB, revolution is in the air, Dr Richard McElligott, lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD School of History The Irish Republican Brotherhood’s revival played a key role in the planning of 1916 VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Home Rule joust laid foundations for insurrection, Dr Paul Rouse, lecturer in Irish History and Sport History, UCD School of History Irish political landscape of the time VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, I See His Blood Upon The Rose by Joseph Plunkett, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Joseph Plunkett and Assembling the Armies - 1916 Collection 1, Thursday 29 October 2015 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

Eoin MacNeill and Planning the Rebellion
1916 Collection 3, Thursday 12 November 2015

  • Planning the rebellion, Dr Richard McElligott, lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD School of History Just what the overall aims of the IRB’s Military Council were are not clear, but their mistakes in the planning meant the 1916 Rising was unlikely to succeed VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Eoin MacNeill, UCD’s scholar revolutionary, Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor if the National University of Ireland The historian and language activist who made a crucial intervention which hindered the Rising’s chances of success VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Roger Casement, Donal Fallon, author and historian currently researching republican commemoration and memory at UCD Born in Dublin and schooled in Ballymena, Sir Roger Casement had the history of Ireland at his fingers’ ends VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Seeking aid from the Kaiser, Dr Emma Lyons, UCD School of History Roger Casement and Joseph Plunkett’s undercover operations in Germany VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Casement’s final voyage, John de Lacy, retired Irish Defence Forces company sergeant and 2015 UCD history graduate His dalliance with the Germans and the ill-fated journey of the Aud led to the hangman’s rope VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Oh to be from Rathmines, Dr Joseph Brady, UCD School of Geography The social and physical landscape of Dublin on the eve of the Rising VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, The Foggy Dew by Canon Charles O’Neill, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Eoin MacNeill and Planning the Rebellion - 1916 Collection 3, Thursday 12 November 2015 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

Seán MacDiarmada and the Leaders of the Rising
1916 Collection 4, Thursday 26 November 2015

  • Seán Mac Diarmada, Inspiring the next generation, Donal Fallon author and historian currently researching republican commemoration and memory at UCD The boy from Leitrim who was happy that his martyrdom would reinvigorate a sleeping nation VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Bulmer Hobson, Hobson’s Choice, Shane Browne, MA graduate of UCD School of History specialising in Modern Irish History Kidnapped on the eve of the Rising to prevent him interfering with it, he has been written out of its history VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • The GAA and the Rising, Dr Paul Rouse, lecturer in Irish History and Sport History, UCD School of History The organisation claimed it played a major role, but the truth is more complex VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • The 11th hour, Colm O’Flaherty, MA graduate of UCD School of History The days before the Rising saw intense debars around the city before Pearse gave the order: ‘We start operations at noon’ VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Daly’s eyes ‘filled with tears’ at the order to surrender, Dr Emma Lyons, UCD School of History Edward Daly was the commander of 1st Battalion during the Rising VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • A league of extraordinary gentleman, Dr Richard McElligott, lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD School of History The Gaelic League was a breeding ground for rebels VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, The Wayfarer by Patrick Pearse, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Seán MacDiarmada and the Leaders of the Rising - 1916 Collection 4, Thursday 26 November 2015 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

Éamonn Ceannt and the Rising Erupts
1916 Collection 5, Thursday 10 December 2015

  • The Rising erupts, Donal Fallon author and historian currently researching republican commemoration and memory at UCD On Easter Monday morning, ther rebels began to gather at Liberty Hall, St. Stephen’s Green and other parts of the city. As shots began to ring out, Patrick Pearse stood outside the GPO and began to read the Proclamation VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Éamonn Ceannt, gunman in the shadow, Dr Aoife Whelan, recently completed a PhD in UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore Perhaps the least known of the Proclamation’s signatories, Éamonn Ceannt is nonetheless and important figure VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Cathal Brugha, a very complex patriot, Fergus O’Farrell recently completed his MA thesis on Cathal Brugha at the UCD School of History The republican who refused to surrender VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Sean Heuston, Heuston’s station, Dr Richard McElligott, lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD School of History Dogged defence of the Mendicity Institution lead to execution VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • The Proclamation, Dr Richard McElligott, lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD School of History Irishmen and Irishwomen: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old traditions of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, Easter 1916 by W B Yeats, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Éamonn Ceannt and the Rising Erupts - 1916 Collection 5, Thursday 10 December 2015 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

James Connolly and the six-day rebellion
1916 Collection 6, Thursday 7 January 2016

  • Six days at Easter 1916, Dr Paul Rouse, lecturer in Irish History and Sport History, UCD School of History The story of the week that changed the course of Irish History VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • James Connolly, the street fighter, Dr Darragh Gannon, UCD, currently Curatorial Researcher to the National Museum of Ireland’s ‘Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising’ exhibition Born and raised in Edinburgh, this leader of men was a critical figure in the GPO VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • The O’Rahilly, a true driving force, Dr Leanne Blaney, social and transport historian who recently completed her PhD in the UCD School of History The wealthy Kerryman who ‘wound the clock’ on the Rising and heard it strike VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Cornelius ‘con’Colbert, from a boy scout to rebel leader with a cause, Dr Leanne Blaney, social and transport historian who recently completed her PhD in the UCD School of History Limerick native wept openly when told he had to surrender VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, Connolly by Liam MacGabhann, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • James Connolly and the six-day rebellion - 1916 Collection 6, Thursday 7 January 2016 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

Thomas MacDonagh and the Poets’ Revolt
1916 Collection 7, Thursday 21 January 2016

  • A poets’ revolt, Dr PJ Mathews, Senior Lecturer, UCD School of English, Drama and Film How culture heavily influenced the Rising and its leaders VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Laughter and tears, Dr PJ Mathews, Senior Lecturer, UCD School of English, Drama and Film Theatre was the centre of entertainment and so varied – even anti-Irish at times – one hundred years ago VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Thomas MacDonagh, charm offensive, Catherine Wilsdon, Research Associate at UCD Humanities Institute and co-director of the Irish Revival Network Thomas MacDonagh’s intense political nationalism was the backdrop to him leading 150 men to seize the Jacob’s biscuit factory in 1916 VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • John MacBride and Michael O’Hanrahan, the Jacob’s boys, Frank Bouchier-Hayes, a librarian at UCD who has written for History Ireland and Catherine Wilsdon, Research Associate at UCD Humanities Institute Both were executed after supporting Thomas MacDonagh in the Jacob’s biscuit factory in 1916 VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Estella Solomons: a portrait of the artist as a Republican, Dr Róisín Kennedy, Lecturer UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy Painter concealed ammunition in her studio VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • ‘One of us’ when Arnold met Patrick, Professor Harry White, UCD School of Music The encounter between composer Arnold Bax and Patrick Pearse VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Wonderful beauty of Ireland’s rebel poems, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film The insurrection inspired a vibrant body of work VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, Wishes For My Son, Born On St Cecilia’s Day, 1912 by Thomas MacDonagh, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Thomas MacDonagh and the Poets’ Revolt - 1916 Collection 7, Thursday 21 January 2016 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

Constance Markievicz and the women of 1916
1916 Collection 8, Thursday 4 February 2016

  • Equality was a cornerstone of Proclamation, Dr Mary McAuliff, lecturer on gender history, UCD Women’s Studies Importance to women activists of the promise of equal citizenship cannot be underestimated VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Constance Markievicz, aristocratic leader of men, Dr Conor Mulvagh, Decade of Commemorations lecturer, UCD School of History The 1916 story sought a handy Joan of Arc figure and this daughter of the gentrified world fitted the bill VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Elizabeth O’Farrell, the woman airbrushed from history, Dr Catherine Cox, UCD School of History Nurse was trusted confident of rebel leaders before and after the Rising VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Second class citizens in health of the nation, Dr Susannah Riordan, UCD School of History Improvements were experienced unevenly VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Michael Mallin, ‘I am prepared’, Dr Darragh Gannon, UCD, currently Curatorial Researcher to the National Museum of Ireland’s ‘Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising’ exhibition Commandant who claimed to be a mere foot soldier at the St Stephen’s Green garrison VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Women, suffrage and class, Dr Mary McAuliff, lecturer on gender history, UCD Women’s Studies The groundwork for equality was laid well before events of 1916 VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, Comrades by Eva Gore-Booth, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Constance Markievicz and the women of 1916 - 1916 Collection 8, Thursday 2016 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

Thomas Clarke and the surrender, trials and execution
1916 Collection 9, Thursday 18 February 2016

  • Sixteen Nails in the Coffin, Dr Leanne Blaney, social and transport historian who recently completed her PhD in the UCD School of History With the GPO ablaze, the end of the insurrection came swiftly – with deadly consequences for its leaders VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • A legal Travesty, Dr Niamh Howlin, lecturer, UCD Sutherland School of Law Examination of the evidence in Roger Casement’s London trial – the only full court hearing afforded one of the rebels VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, Sixteen Dead Men by Willian Butler Yeats, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Thomas Clarke and the surrender, trials and execution - 1916 Collection 9, Thursday 18 February 2016 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

Terence MacSwiney and the legacy of the Rising
1916 Collection 10, Thursday 3 March 2016

  • After the shooting stopped, Professor Mary E Daly, President of the Royal Irish Academy and emeritus professor, UCD School of History How Irish politics was transformed in the Rising’s aftermath VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • How Dev escaped execution in 1916, Professor Ronan Fanning, Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish History at UCD The series of lucky breaks that spared the life of the future President VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Terence MacSwiney, triumph of blood sacrifice, Dr Cathal Billings, lecturer in modern Irish, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore How the Cork republican’s martyrdom inspired revolutionaries around the world VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • As dust settled, whose Ireland was it anyway? Dr Conor Mulvagh, Decade of Commemorations lecturer, UCD School of History Building a nation from rubble of 1916 was a process replicated on the pathway to freedom in several other countries VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Carry yourself as soldiers, Dr Emma Lyons, UCD School of History The fate that met the female rebels after the surrender in 1916 VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Igniting fire in minds of Irish men and women, Dr Thomas Murray, lecturer in equality studies, UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice How revolutionary ideas were watered down in the 1922 Constitution VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Thomas Kent agrarian agitator to forgotten volunteer, Dr Richard McElligott, lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD School of History Grassroots protests over land reform ended in bloody siege at Kent family farm VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF
  • 1916 in verse, Imperial Measure by Vona Groarke, Dr Lucy Collins, lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF LISTEN TO AUDIO
  • Terence MacSwiney and the legacy of the Rising- 1916 Collection 10, Thursday, 3 March 2016 Download supplement in entirety VIEW/DOWNLOAD PDF

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