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UCD To Hold Major Easter Rising Conference in 2016

UCD is expected to play host to a major Easter Rising conference in 2016.

The conference is to play a part in giving a global context to the Easter Rising and the events of 1916. It is just one of the events planned as part of the universities commemorations for the centenary.

Graduates of University College Dublin played a pivotal role in the Easter Rising, with two of the four battalions occupying the city led by UCD graduates, Thomas MacDonagh and Éamon de Valera.

School teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and activist Pádraig Pearse was also a graduate of UCD.

This September, School of History professor, Robert Gerwarth will commence a public lecture series on the global impact and response of the Easter Rising.

Dr Catherine Wilsdon and members of the UCD School of English, Film and Drama will host an event for two days this June in the National Gallery which will focus on the career of  Thomas MacDonagh. It will comprise of talks, and exhibition and various film screenings.

Earlier this month UCD release a video comprising of fourteen photographs taken by an unknown photographer of the aftermath of the Rising.

The video has been released as part of the ‘Towards 2016,’ project, which intended to survey the material in the possession of the university that pertains to the events of the 1916 rising. It also represents an attempt to digitise these materials to ensure their wider availability.

It is narrated by UCD historian Conor Mulvagh and focuses on the ‘Destruction of Dublin,’