8pm Friday March 29thThe deeply symbolic first meeting of Dáil Éireann on 21 January 1919 issued three foundational documents:•the Declaration of Independence, •a Message to the Free Nations of the World, •and a Democratic Programme. The highly dramatic events were designed for consumption by both domestic and international audiences. The ideals expressed were even more radical than those proclaimed by the 1916 rebels but were later dismissed by one of the TDs present on the day as ‘largely poetry’. Did the Dáil offer a real and achievable vision for transforming Irish society?
Dr John O’Callaghan lectures in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, St Angela’s College, Sligo, where he is the Programme Director of the MA Historical and Heritage Studies and the Diploma Folklore and Heritage. He has published widely on twentieth-century Ireland, including in the best-selling Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork University Press, 2017). His latest book is The Irish Revolution, 1912-23: Limerick (Four Courts Press, 2018).
SFC 2019 Lectures & Events Programme Jan 25th Dr Robert Hensey Carrowkeel to Cambridge: Investigating the Origins of & Pádraig Meehan Sligo's Neolithic Ancestors Feb 8th AGM Feb 22nd Mary Timoney The Grave Memorials of Co.RoscommonMar 29th Dr John O’CallaghanThe First Dáil ÉireannApr 26th Prof. Alan Ford The History of the History of the Reformation in IrelandMay 15th Outing*Dromore West Workhouse Jun 22ndOuting*Ballina Jul 17th Outing* Boyle Abbey & King’s House Aug 17– 25th Heritage Week* (Events TBA)Sep 27th Phelim Brady Michael Collins’s Sligo Jail Journal, 2nd - 21st April 1918, The Voice of the Big Fellow Oct 11-12th 2019 Conference*Conference Weekend Details to be ConfirmedOct 25th Dr Críostóir MacCarthaigh Samhain Traditions in Ireland Nov 29th Dr. James Bonsall New Archaeological Research at the Carrowmore Complex, Co. Sligo & Dr. Marion DowdVenue for all lectures : 8pm Sligo Institute of Technology Education Centre, IT Sligo CampusAll are Welcome but €5 Charge for Non-Members7* Full details will be announced throughout the year. Full lecture & event details plus any changes are updated on the SFC website & Facebook.