Easter Rising

The 2016 Island Voices programme concludes with Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh's lecture, 'The Irish Language and the Rising '.

The Irish language movement was one of the many strands which came together to take on the British empire in 1916. Many of those who led and participated in the Easter Rising had come through the language movement.

As well as nourishing a worldview which went far beyond the limited home rule held out to Ireland, the movement gave practical organisational experience which proved invaluable in the run- up to the rising and its aftermath.

The political turmoil of those years also brought changes to the language movement itself. The accompanying debates provide neglected but valuable evidence of how Irish opinion was shifting, and how separatists organised to influence it. This talk will examine the confluences and tensions between the revival of the Irish language and the fight for national independence. 

Returning to the Tower Museum in Derry~Londonderry, guest speakers will each explore the social, cultural and political landscape of Ireland in 1916. This year’s theme concentrates on the complex and sometimes contested relationships which exist between language, identity and nationhood, offering different perspectives on our shared history.

The lectures have been organised to offer audiences the opportunity to revisit an important period in history to reveal the ways in which landmark historical events such as the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme have shaped our understanding of ourselves and each other.

All lectures are free to attend. 


Event Details


Tower Museum
Union Hall Place
BT48 6LU


Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 13:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

All talks are free and lunch is provided. Please book your place by contacting the Tower Museum. Tel: (028) 7137 2411 or email tower@derrystrabane.com