Constance Markievicz: one of the key founders of the Citizen Army and a member of its 7-person Army Council
As you may already be aware éirígí is set to mark the centenary anniversaries of the Great Lockout of 1913 and the formation of the Irish Citizen Army with a major commemorative event on Saturday, September 7th in Dublin City.
The first element of the commemoration will see a wreath laying ceremony at the James Connolly statue beside Liberty Hall at 4.30pm.
The wreath-laying ceremony will be followed by a public talk in the Gresham Hotel at 5.30pm. Speakers at the talk will include historian Ruan O’Donnell and Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson.
Ruan, who lectures in the University of Limerick and who has penned a number of books on the 1798 Rebellion, Robert Emmet, the Irish Famine and the experiences of republican prisoners in English Jails in the 1960’s and 1970’s, will deliver a fascinating account of the events leading up to, during and after the Lockout.
Brian, a republican activist for the last twenty-five years, who has been the national chairperson of éirígí since its foundation, will address the relevance of the 1913 period to the struggle in Ireland today.
The Gresham event will also feature music, a slide show of images from the period of the Great Lockout and everyone attending will receive an information pack which will include a pamphlet and copies of key documents and speeches from this most tumultuous of periods.
Interest in the events outlined above is already extremely high. éírígí is asking those that are interested in attending to register their interest to ensure that everybody who wishes to attend can do so. If you would would like to join us on September 7th and to avoid disappointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to register your interest.
Go raibh maith agat.
The Great Lockout & The Irish Citizen Army
Saturday, September 7, 2013
4.30pm – Wreath Laying Ceremony
James Connolly Statue, Liberty Hall.
5.30pm – Public Talk
Ruan O’Donnell & Brian Leeson
Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street.