Diarmaid Ferriter will discuss the rise of Sinn Fein in Ireland in 1917 during a lunchtime lecture at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
In September 1916, General John Maxwell, the man charged with overseeing the suppression of the 1916 Rising, wrote to Henry Duke, Chief Secretary for Ireland, about the Irish Volunteers: "A strong effort is contemplated to bring the force into being again as a political factor. I hope we can stop it."
The following year not only saw the reorganisation of the Volunteers but the dramatic rise of Sinn Fein as a political movement.
This lecture looks at the rise of Sinn Fein 100 years ago, how the party was built, why it proved appealing and how it managed to mask internal tensions and contradictions.
Admission to this lecture is free and all are welcome.