Image © Robert Ballagh
1916: The Easter Rising and Its Aftermath
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NOTES ON PARTICIPANTS
J.J. LEE is Director of Glucksman Ireland House, and Professor of Irish History at NYU, since 2002. He previously lectured in U.C. Dublin, researched at the Institute for European History, Mainz, and was a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1968-74, until appointed Professor of Modern History at U.C. Cork in 1974. An Eisenhower Fellow, he has held appointments as Visiting Mellon Professor in the University of Pittsburgh, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the LBJ Graduate School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, and other visiting appointments at Colby College, Maine, the EUI Florence, the Austrian Academy, Vienna, the University of Edinburgh, QMC, London, and TCD. His prize-winning Ireland 1912-1985 (Cambridge, 1989) is in its eleventh printing.
MARIE COLEMAN is a Lecturer in Irish history at Queen's University Belfast. She is the author of three books - County Longford and the Irish revolution, 1910-1923, The Irish Sweep: A history of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, 1930-1987 and The Irish Revolution, 1916- 1923. Her current research focuses on the experience of revolutionary veterans in independent Ireland, with particular reference to the award of pensions, and she is involved in a number of projects dealing with the commemoration of the revolutionary years in the context of post-conflict Northern Ireland.
NIALL KEOGH is a native of Cork; he graduated from University College Cork with a PhD in Irish diplomatic history. He published a monograph on Con Cremin and Irish Foreign Policy. He has taught at Moscow State University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Ottawa.
JOHN BORGONOVO lectures in the School of History at University College Cork, and is coordinator of UCC’s Decade of Centenaries program. He had published widely on the Irish Revolutionary period and Ireland’s First World War experience. His books include The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918 (Cork University Press, 2013) and Spies, informers and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin Society': The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920– 1921 (Irish Academic Press, 2007). He is the assistant editor of The Atlas of the Irish Revolution, just published by Cork University Press.
MARGARET WARD is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. She has a Ph.D. from the University of the West of England. She is a feminist historian, her publications including Unmanageable Revolutionaries: women and Irish nationalism, biographies of Maud Gonne and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and edited works on Irish women’s involvement in nationalist and suffrage movements. She is currently Visiting Fellow in Irish History at Queen’s University, Belfast and a Trustee of National Museums Northern Ireland and a board member of Libraries NI. In 2014 Margaret was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Ulster University for her contribution to advancing women's equality. She is editing the political writings of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington for publication in 2018.
GAVIN FOSTER is Associate Professor of modern Irish history in the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. His work on the Irish Revolutionary period has appeared in various Irish Studies journals and edited collections. His book, The Irish Civil War and Society: Politics, Class, and Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) was awarded the 2015 James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences by the American Conference for Irish Studies. His current project uses oral history interviews in Ireland and among the Irish Diaspora to explore later-generation memory of the Irish Civil War.
SONJA TIERNAN is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Liverpool Hope University and was the Peter O’Brien Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies at Concordia University (2015-6). Sonja has held fellowships at the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame. She has published on modern Irish and British social history and is a contributor to the Dictionary of Irish Biography. Her publications include Eva Gore-Booth: an image of such politics and The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth. Her most recent article, re-examining the legacy of Irish women, was published in The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A centenary assessment (2016).
PÁDRAIG Ó SIADHAIL holds the D’Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies and is an Associate Professor in Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. As part of a project entitled ‘Scairt an Dúchais’ (the call of home), his scholarly publications have focused on members of the Irish diaspora who have made a significant contribution to their ancestral homeland: An Béaslaíoch (2007), a critical biography of Piaras Béaslaí (1881-1965), the Liverpool- born Irish-language writer and Irish Revolution activist, and the original biographer of Michael Collins; a series of articles on James Mooney, the noted American Indian researcher and early Irish folklore scholar; and Katherine Hughes: A Life and a Journey (2014), a biography that chronicles the dramatic career of the Prince Edward Island-born Hughes (1876-1925) and her striking transformation from self-styled Canadian Imperialist to Irish Republican activist.
PATRICK MANNION received his PhD in history from the University of Toronto in September 2013. His dissertation, entitled “The Irish Diaspora in Comparative Perspective: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Portland, Maine, 1880-1923” was a comparative study of Irish community and identity in those three port cities, focusing particularly on the construction of nationalism in different regional contexts. The revised book manuscript is under review at McGill-Queen’s University Press. Patrick is currently a SSHRC postdoctoral scholar at Boston College.
GARTH STEVENSON is a Professor Emeritus at Brock University and former chairman of the Political Science Department. Educated at McGill and Princeton, he has held full-time appointments at Carleton University and the University of Alberta and has also taught courses at Duke University, York University, and the University of Toronto. He is the author of eight books including Parallel Paths: The Development of Nationalism in Ireland and Quebec, which won the Donald Smiley prize of the Canadian Political Science Association in 2007. His most recent book is Building Nations from Diversity: Canadian and American Experience Compared.
ROBERT BALLAGH was born in Dublin in 1943. He studied architecture and worked for a time as a professional musician, a postman and an engineering draughtsman. He has been painting professionally since his first exhibition in Dublin in 1969. His work as a painter is represented in many important collections including the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, the Ulster Museum and the Albrecht Dürer House, Nuremberg. Major survey exhibitions of his work have taken place in Lund, Warsaw, Moscow, and Sofia. In 2006 a career retrospective was staged in the RHA Gallery, Dublin. As a graphic designer, he has produced book covers, posters, limited edition prints, 66 stamps for the Irish postal service and the last Irish bank notes produced by the Central Bank of Ireland.
Robert Ballagh has been an active campaigner for artists’ rights. He was the founding Chairperson of the Association of Artists in Ireland and in 1983 he was elected to the international executive of the International Association of Artists, a UNESCO affiliate of over 80 countries. For 3 years, he served as treasurer to that organization.
In 1991 Robert Ballagh was elected chairperson of the national organizing committee for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1916 rising. Also for 10 years, he chaired the national executive of the Irish National Congress a non-party political organization, working for peace, unity and justice in Ireland. He is currently president of the Ireland Institute, a centre for historical and cultural studies and in 2000, he was one of the founders of the organization Le Chéile – artists against racism in Ireland. He is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.