History Ireland Hedge School: Cinema in Revolutionary Ireland

History Ireland Hedge School: Cinema in Revolutionary Ireland

Tuesday 27 February at 7pm

In Ireland in the revolutionary period cinema was the latest form of mass entertainment. Previously ignored by the British authorities and by their nationalist opponents, its propaganda potential was quickly recognised; in 1916 the British government sponsored the production of the documentary, The Battle of the Somme, which played in cinemas across Ireland; in 1917, within hours of the event, the Bohemian Cinema in Phibsborough, Dublin screened footage of Thomas Ashe’s funeral.
 What effect, if any, did such interventions have on public opinion? How did both sides use the new medium?
To discuss these and related matters join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, for a lively discussion with Kevin Rockett (TCD), Ciara Chambers (UCC), Denis Condon (Maynooth University) and Joanne Carroll (NLI).

Booking not required. All welcome!

 
NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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