An Irish Republic?
Apr 15 2016 Posted: 14:16 IST

An Irish Republic? 

What is a republic? Is Ireland a republic? Is the Republic of Ireland the kind of republic imagined by those involved in the Irish revolution and proclaimed in 1916? What is the role of religion, art, literature, and politics in creating an Irish civic society of the kind envisaged in that proclamation?

These are just some of the questions to be addressed in a series of public interviews convened by the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway which will explore the contemporary relevance of the ideas and ideals that led to the formation of the Irish state.

The interviews will be conducted by playwright Vincent Woods, presenter of Arts Tonight on RTÉ radio and will feature public figures who have committed their working lives to realising their own vision of an Irish republic.

The first interview will be with socialist and republican activist and community worker Bernadette McAliskey, the youngest woman ever in the British House of Commons on her election in 1969.

The full programme of Public Interviews is as follows: 

         Wed 6 April Bernadette McAliskey
         Wed13 April Thomas Kilroy
         Wed 20 April Fr Peter McVerry
         Wed 27 April Robert Ballagh

All of these events are open to the public and free of charge.

AM 250 Ó hEocha Theatre, Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway 6.30-8.00pm

Samantha Williams

Irish Studies

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