Presenter: Mary C. Kelly
Centuries of rebellion and political turmoil make up Ireland’s long campaign for nationhood. Against a backdrop of folk traditions and monastic settlements that preserved ancient patterns of Gaelic life, a succession of Viking, Norman and British settlements stamped enduring imprints on the Irish landscape. This presentation explores the history of an embattled people on the road to independence from the 1500s onward, with contemporary texts and colorful illustrations highlighting major leaders, important military episodes, and crucial political transitions over four centuries of struggle. From Hugh O’Neill to the IRA, and from Wolfe Tone’s United Irishmen to the tense drama of the 1916 Rising, we encounter the key players, contending traditions, and political forces that ultimately made Ireland “A nation once again.” This program is only available as an online presentation.
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