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23 March 2018  

John Redmond and the Irish Parliamentary Party:
a Centenary Symposium


John Redmond and the Irish Parliamentary Party:
a Centenary Symposium

John Redmond Group

Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Tuesday 6 March 2018
Venue: The National Gallery of Ireland
Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

John Redmond Oval

On 6th March 2018, a special symposium will take place to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of John Redmond, Irish Nationalist and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. This one-day symposium is one of the highlights of the State's John Redmond Centenary Programme and it takes place in partnership between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the National University of Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy and the School of History, University College Dublin. The Symposium will be held on Tuesday, 6 March 2018, in the National Gallery of Ireland.

"John Redmond and the Irish Parliamentary Party: a Centenary Symposium" will reassess John Redmond and the achievements of the Irish Parliamentary Party under his leadership, as well as addressing other significant events in this the Decade of Centenaries, such as Home Rule, World War 1, Women’s Suffrage and parliamentary democracy.

The Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, TD, will deliver the opening address. Professor Paul Bew, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan and Dr Margaret Ward will give keynote papers and there will be other speakers from universities in Ireland and Britain. Former Taoiseach John Bruton will chair the opening session.

Minister Josepha Madigan said today:

I would like to commend Dr Maurice Manning and all involved at the NUI, RIA and UCD, for their vision and ambition in ensuring that John Redmond's contribution to the emerging Irish State, which spanned a parliamentary career of 37 years, is appropriately acknowledged with this fitting and imaginative symposium. I am delighted to support events such as this, which facilitate the exchange of views about our shared history and provide a new generation with the opportunity to explore John Redmond's life and complex legacy – a legacy that has, until now, often been misunderstood and overshadowed. Our popular, collective Irish memory has never embraced Redmond as one of Ireland’s mythic father figures on par with the ultimately unsuccessful previous leaders of the constitutional nationalist movement, such as Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell. The Decade of Centenaries, however, has created a new opportunity to reflect upon individual historical events of 100 years ago and how each impacted upon the next. By re-examining our turbulent and complex past, we give key participants in the events of that time, such as John Redmond, their rightful place in history.

Admission is free but booking is essential.  Programme available: here.

Further information contact:
Dr Attracta Halpin
National University of Ireland
49 Merrion Square
Dublin 2 D02 V583
E-mail registrar@nui.ie
T:    353 (0)1 4392424  

Twitter: @NUIMerrionSq    #Redmond2018
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