Told via the insights of some of the country’s leading academics and authors, the series begins with a lecture on the life and work of Francis Ledwidge titled ‘Shovel, Bayonet and Pen: Digging for nationhood” – ’ by local author Dave Duggan, which takes place on Thursday 22nd September at the Tower Museum.
Pól Ó Frighil, Irish Language Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council confirmed there will be three guest speakers each exploring the social, cultural and political landscape of Ireland in 1916.
He added, “This year’s theme concentrates on the complex and sometimes contested relationships which exist between language, identity and nationhood, with three speakers offering different perspectives on our shared history.
“The lectures will offer audiences the opportunity to revisit this important period in history revealing the ways in which landmark historical events such as the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme have shaped our understanding of ourselves and each other.
“The programme will for the first time include a series of interactive digital design workshops specifically designed for schools within the local Irish medium sector to help younger learners understand the history and heritage of this pivotal year in our shared history.”
The upcoming series of lectures will take place at the Tower Museum beginning on Thursday 22nd September with Dave Duggan’s lecture ‘Shovel, bayonet and pen: Digging for nationhood with Francis Ledwidge, 1916-2016’.
This will be followed on Thursday 20th October with a lecture from Professor Elizabeth Crooke discussing ‘Remembrance and Neglect: Negotiating 1916 in 2016’.
The final lecture series will take place on Thursday 24th November with Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh discussing ‘The Irish Language and the Rising’.
All lectures are free of charge and will include lunch. Lunch will be from 12:30pm-1:00pm and Lectures from 1:00pm-2:00pm.
For more information or to book places please contact the Tower Museum on (028) 7137 2411 or email@example.com.Tags: