Historical Reflection

Deepen and Broaden our Understanding

A range of history based activities and initiatives, designed to deepen and broaden our understanding of the events of 1916 and that pivotal period in our history.

Project Location Date
“Letters of 1916”
Collection day with Neale Rooney This drop-in event will include an introduction to the “Letters of 1916” digital humanities project by Neale Rooney. Neale will also assist the public using internet PCs and a high powered camera to digitise their letter. Members of the public are invited to bring family letters from the period 1 November 1915 to 31 October 1916 relating to any aspect of life in that period, but particularly the 1916 Rising and World War One.
Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co Wexford. Saturday, 30 January 2016
During the month of February Jarlath Glynn will host a series of five programmes about 1916 in Co. Wexford commencing on February 1st. South East Radio, 95.6-96.4 FM February, every Monday at 8:30pm
Irish Lives: 16 Lives – A discussion, led by a panel of historians who will talk about The planning of the Rising; The organisations involved in the Rising; The women of 1916 and Literature and the rebellion. Participants are authors from the “16 Lives” series of biographies published by O’Brien Press on the 1916 Easter Rising’s 16 executed men. Gorey Library, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Weds., 3 February 2016
Michael O’Hanrahan & 1916 – Conor Kostick, author of the biography of Michael O’Hanrahan from the  will be discussing ‘16 Lives” series will discuss his research into this fascinating life story and examine the factors that brought them together on April 24, 1916. New Ross Library, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Tuesday, 9 February 2016
‘John Redmond and the Easter Rising’ – Chris Dooley, Foreign Editor with The Irish Times and author of Redmond: A Life Undone will talk about John Redmond, focusing on Redmond and the Irish Party’s response to the Easter Rising. Chris will place Redmond’s life and times in context. Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co Wexford Thursday, 11 February 2016,
Historical Lecture: ‘The History of the Irish Tricolour’ with Dr Pat Callan, historian and lecturer at NUI Maynooth. County Library, Wexford, Co Wexford Thursday, 25 February 2016
Historical Lecture: ‘Keeping it in the family: the collective effort of a number of families during the Rising in County Wexford in 1916’ – This lecture will be given by Grainne Doran, Archivist, Wexford County Council. Grainne is mounting a 1916 exhibition which will be on display in The Atheneum, Enniscorthy this Spring . Enniscorthy Library, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford Thursday, 25 February 2016,
Thomas Wafer: A Son of Enniscorthy – The launch of Mark O’Brien’s new book on the life of Tom Wafer, who was killed in action in Dublin in 1916. Enniscorthy Library, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Saturday, 27 February 2016, 2:30pm
Seamus Rafter: The Life and Times – The launch of the new book by Seamus Rafter, nephew of Capt. Seamus Rafter. Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 8:00pm
1916 in Gorey and Beyond – An exhibition documenting the events of 1916 from a North Wexford perspective with memorabilia, imagery and local stories. Gorey Library & Civic Offices, Gorey, Co. Wexford 1 March – 30 April. Open normal business hours.
Workshop on sources available for researching 1916 by librarian Celestine Murphy. Enniscorthy, New Ross & Gorey Libraries respectively. 3, 8 & 10 March 2016, 7:00pm
Illustrated Historical Lecture: ‘The 1916 Rising – a seminal moment in Irish & world history,’ by Hugh McShane, Historian Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Thursday, 3 March 2016, 7:00pm
Co. Wexford 1916 Conference – This event, to commemorate the date in which Padraig Pearse last visited Enniscorthy, will include a series of lectures on 1916 by leading academics in the field. Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Saturday, 5 March 2016, 9:15am – 3:45pm
Historical lecture: The de Lacy Family of Oulart’ by Brian Ó Cléirigh Enniscorthy Library, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Thursday, 10 March 2016, 7:00pm
Historical Lecture: The art of Sean Keating: an Irish artist’s response to revolution and the creation of the Irish Free State’ by Elaine Hoysted, University College Cork. Bunclody Library, Co. Wexford. Saturday, 19 March 2016, 2:30pm
Free 1916 Walking Tours, with a tour guide presenting the history of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy at the locations these events unfolded. Starting point: Enniscorthy Castle, Castle Hill, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford March 24th-27th & 29th

April 26th-28th


Grandpa the Sniper – Frank Shouldice delivers a talk on his new book that details the actions of his grandfather in 1916. The Book Centre, South Main St., Wexford. Friday, 25 March 2016, 6:30pm
Reenactment of Padraig Pearse’s O’Donovan Rossa funeral oration by the actor Jim Roche. Market Square, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Saturday, 26 March 2016, 4:00pm
1916 era Battle Re-enactment – This event will gather 1916 era battle re-enactment groups from across the country and re-create the events that transpired in Enniscorthy during the Rising 100 years previously. Abbey Square, Enniscorthy Co. Wexford. Easter Monday, 28 March 2016, 2:30pm
‘Robert and Una Brennan and the Struggle for Irish Re-emergence’ – A lecture by Brian Ó Cléirigh. Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Weds., 6 April 2016, 7:30pm
Eddie Breen will launch Last To Surrender – The 1916 Rising in County Wexford by the late Richard Roche. Enniscorthy Library, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Thursday, 14 April 2016, 7:00pm
Cumann na mBan Gathering
– This event will take the form of historical re-enactment, poetry, song, and a talk on the important role of Cumann na mBan during the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy.
Enniscorthy Castle, Castle Hill, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Sunday, 17 April 2016, 2:30pm
RE:Public – An exhibition that will explore the use of sound in art 100 years after The Art of Noises was first made public and published in book form. It will do this by utilising the radio broadcast that was sent out by the rebels from the Dublin Wireless School of Telegraphy on the corner of Abbey and O’Connell Street. This broadcast took place over the Easter Rising period and is widely considered one of the first worldwide radio broadcasts, if not the first. Market House, Gorey, Co. Wexford. 24-30 April 2016
Wafer Remembrance – Unveiling of a plaque in honour of Captain Thomas Wafer, who was killed in action near the GPO on 26th April 1916, on the hall that bears his name. Captain Wafer Hall, Spring Valley, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 3:00pm
Opening of a year long 1916 Exhibition, celebrating all aspects of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy. The Athenaeum, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Weds., 27 April 2016, 4:00pm
1916 Oral History Recordings of descendants of the Volunteers and Cumann na mBan will be presented to interviewees.
The recordings will be available to podcast from www.enniscorthy1916.ie, and www.wexford.ie/library.
Enniscorthy Library, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

CDs available.

Thursday, 28 April 2016
‘Looking at 1916 from a County Wexford angle’ – A lecture by Kevin Whelan. Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Thursday, 5 May 2016, 7:30pm
Heritage Week talk commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme by Neale Rooney. Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Thursday, 25 August 2016, 7:00pm