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22nd May, 2019
Spring Lecture Series
THE DECADE OF CENTENARIES: IRELAND IN 1919
The start of the Irish Revolution”
by Jim O’Hara
The 1916 Easter Rising is traditionally regarded as the seminal event in modern Irish history. However, 1919 is perhaps a more accurate date for the effective beginning of the Irish Revolution. In this lecture Jim O’Hara traces how, following their success in the previous month’s general election, Sinn Fein members who refused to take their seats at Westminster in founded Dáil Éireann, the first parliament of the Irish Republic In January 1919. At the same time the first shots of the Irish War of Independence resulted in the deaths of two RIC policemen in Co Tipperary. Both events meant that politics in Ireland had been changed for ever.
Jim O’Hara was founder and former Director of Irish Studies at St Mary’s University College and is Chair of Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre.