Friday Friday 21 April 2017
Venue: Mechanics Institute
History Ireland brings the old rural concept of the 'hedge school' to the Mechanics Institute in Galway, where a knowledgable panel and audience will be discussing women in the Irish revolution.
Hedge schools were prominent in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries at a time when Catholic education was outlawed under the Penal laws. Local learned men would teach peasant children their reading, writing, arithmetic and more, providing a covert yet necessary service, particularly in rural and impoverished areas.
History Ireland harks back to this time in education with their fascinating talks. In this edition, Mary McAuliffe from UCD, Linda Connolly from UCC, Elaine Sisson from IADT and Conor McNamara from UCG will be asking where all the women went in the aftermath of the 1916 rising.
History Ireland editor Tommy Graham will chair this discussion as the panel tussle over why and how women either left the Republican movement, or had their achievements brushed under the carpet. Expect to hear a lot about forgotten heroines and escapades that have mainly evaded the pages of history books. Ask the tough questions about women in Irish society, past and present, as you contemplate this discussion.
Dust off the histories and you might discover something new with History Ireland's Hedge School.