History Ireland Hedge School
‘To hell or to Kimmage’: planning outcomes of the 1913 Church Street disaster
Tuesday January 21 at 7pm
Our popular Hedge School series continues in 2014 with a lively round table discussion hosted by Tommy Graham, Editor of History Ireland. The panel will include:
Ellen Rowley (Trinity College Dublin), Ruth McManus (Dublin City University), Mary Daly (University College Dublin), Chris Corlett (archaeologist with the National Monuments Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and author of Darkest Dublin; the story of the Church Street disaster and a pictorial account of the slums in Dublin 1913)
Admission Free. All welcome. No booking required.
This Hedge School is being held in conjunction with the NLI exhibition The Dublin Lockout.
Background to History Ireland Hedge Schools
The original hedge schools came into existence in the 18th century in response to the Penal Laws, which were designed to force Irish Catholics to convert to Anglicanism if they wanted to receive a good education. The schools primarily attracted Catholic children, who paid for the privilege of attending them. Hedge schools had a markedly secular ethos, with lessons conducted on an informal basis in farm buildings, halls and outdoor spaces in hundreds of locations all over rural Ireland. Not only were the schools illegal, the tone of many of them was ‘slightly subversive’.
Like their eighteenth-century predecessors, the hedge schools run by History Ireland over the past few years are also slightly subversive in nature – a unique combination of serious and playful round table discussions conducted by expert contributors, coupled with active participation by, and engagement with, a general audience. The idea behind the 21st century version is that it too can be run ‘anywhere, any time and on any topic’. While not like an academic seminar in terms of its presentation style, it is like an academic seminar in terms of the discussion that takes place. All events are deliberately designed to be provocative, interactive and primarily driven by content.
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