Central Library marks Easter Rising centenary

Edinburgh Central Library will mark 100 years since Ireland’s Easter Rising with a talk by the Irish Ambassador to Great Britain.

Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador, will appear at the library on Monday (2 May) to deliver the speech, which will focus on the historic event, also known as the Easter Rebellion.

Ambassador Mulhall, who has served as Ambassador in London for the last three years, was previously Consulate General in Edinburgh, from 1998 to 2001.

A well-known enthusiast of W.B. Yeats, he also helped the Central Library celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Irish poet last year.

Culture Convener, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome Dan Mulhall back to mark the anniversary of such a significant event, both for Ireland and internationally.

“I really enjoyed meeting Ambassador Mulhall last year, and hearing him speak about W.B. Yeats, so I look forward to meeting him again and participating in his in-depth take on this pivotal moment in Ireland’s history.”

Ambassador Mulhall said: “I look forward to returning to Edinburgh's Central Library to speak about the Easter Rising of 1916, which was a formative event for today's Ireland. The 1916 centenary has been marked with inclusive commemorations that have respected the complexity of that period of our history.  

“It is important for people on our neighbouring island to understand the significance of 1916 for Ireland's subsequent development as an independent European nation, one which has now developed very positive, productive ties with our nearest neighbours, based on friendly interaction and mutual respect.”

The Easter Rising (Éirí Amach na Cásca) was an armed insurrection in Dublin, Ireland during Easter week in 1916, mounted by Irish Republicans to end British rule in and establish an Irish Republic.

The uprising, which took place during World War I, was the most significant of its kind since the rebellion of 1798 and was participated in by Edinburgh-born James Connolly, who was Commander of the Irish Citizen Army (ICA).

The talk is now fully booked. Find out more about events in Central Library.


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