Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration

1916_EasterRising_TimFinns_27MAR16 On Sunday, March 27, 2016, at 3pm, Tír na mBláth and Tim Finnegans Irish Pub present the Centenary Commemoration of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916, when members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (forerunners of the Irish Republican Army) decided they would wait no longer for long-delayed British legislation to grant Ireland freedom. A force of about 1,600 rebels mounted what would come to be known as the Easter Rising. Come enjoy a special presentation, a tasty Easter meal, and beginning at 5pm, Irish rebel songs and traditional tunes performed by the Roaring Kelly Band.

David Kilroy, Professor of History at Nova Southeastern University, will provide a special presentation “Tweeting the Rising.” How would the average Irish person today react to the twists and turns of the Easter Rising, from the occupation of the GPO on Easter Monday to the surrender of the outmanned and outgunned rebels several bloody days later, in the age of social media?   Looking back on events a hundred years later, what does the Rising mean to the young people of Ireland and the Diaspora today?  These are just two of the many angles on what is arguably the most pivotal episode in modern Irish history that this unique interactive social media and documentary experience invites visitors to explore.  “Tweeting the Rising” will allow people to engage directly in real time throughout the week of the 100th anniversary of the Rising with twenty fictional characters representing a broad cross section of contemporary public opinion. Each character will tell their stories as events unfolded over those several fateful days, creating a group tapestry of experiences, which are then archived and examined through an interactive web site.  The project’s collaborative artistic approach employs social media, illustration, mapping, various interactive visual strategies and multimedia. In bringing the history of the Easter Rising to life this project aims to provide a unique opportunity for people everywhere to immerse themselves in the events of that week and ultimately to draw their own conclusions about the meaning of 1916.

David Kilroy is an Associate Professor of History and Chair of the International Studies Program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where he teaches courses in U.S. foreign relations and Irish history. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Kilroy earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from University College Dublin, before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. He serves as Academic Director for the COUPA Dublin Irish Studies Summer program, a five week study abroad opportunity for American undergraduate students in Ireland, and he teaches a course on Ireland and America in the Atlantic World for the program. Dr. Kilroy has published two books, For Race and Country: The Life and Career of Colonel Charles Young (Praeger 2003), and Days of Decision: Turning Points in U.S. Foreign Policy (Potomac Press, 2011), as well as articles and reviews on U.S. foreign relations and Irish history. He is currently working on a book length project that examines cultural and political interactions between the United States and Ireland through the prism of four U.S. presidential visits to Ireland, from John F. Kennedy in 1963 to the Barack Obama in 2011. As a member of the American Conference of Irish Studies, Dr. Kilroy is active in Irish studies circles in the United States and he currently serves as President of the South Florida Irish Studies Consortium.