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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Kilmainham Gaol: Representing the Whole of Ireland

Before Irelands independance, there had been many rebellions against Great Britains rule. Kilmainham Gaol played an important role as a jail for citizens involved in these rebellions, most famously the 1916 Rising. Arguably the most important and influential rebellion in Ireland's history against Britain. The execution of the rebellion's leaders at Kilmainham Gaol changed the people's opinion of the rebellion and is one of the main causes for their future War of Independance. Years later the jail had been forgotten and closed. Many attempts were made to re-open the jail as a museum by groups who only wanted to focus on one side of a particular rebellion or leader. Eventually Lorcan Leonard created a plan that restored the jail as a museum but represented Ireland as a whole. "By removing the Civil War as a source of contention immediately, by linking revolutionaries of diverse political views together in one group, and by not allowing any single nationalist figure to be appropriated for contemporary political ends, the restorers of the prison developed a uniquely "national" site, dedicated to Ireland as a whole."(Zuelow, 2004)

Presenter: William Daubney (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)
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