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Féile na Carraige – Lá 4 Léacht Harry Holland

Léacht Harry Holland

IMG_2377IMG_2342Don léacht bhliantúil in ómós an fhir phobail Harry Holland, de bharr go bhfuil comóradh céad bliain ann i mbliana roghnaigh muid amharc ar Ó’Donnabháin Rossa agus tionchar a bháis agus oráid an Phiarsaigh ar Éirí amach na Casca. Ba é “O’Donnabháin Rossa – Fínín gan Aithrí ” abhár an léachta leis an Dr Shane Kenna icGumann na Méirleach le Matt Lundy mar chathaoirleach.

IMG_2325Tá BA sa Stair agus Eolaíocht Pholaitiúil ag an Dr Shane Kenna, chomh maith le MA agus PhD i Stair na hÉireann ó Choláiste na Trionóide i mBaile Átha Cliath. Ó thaobh a shaothair de, tá War in the Shadows: the Irish-American Fenians Who Bombed Victorian Britain, anIMG_2330 scéal nár insíodh faoi Fheachtas Dinimíte na bhFíníní, an chéad feachtas buamála san Eoraip Thiar. Lena chois sin, tá beathaisnéis leis ar dhuine de cheannairí Éirí Amach na Cásca, Thomas MacDonagh mar chuid den Sraith 16 Lives ar son O’Brien Press.

IMG_2334Thaitin cur chuige Shane ó thaobh a léachta de go mór leis an lucht féachana. Caint thar bhith suimiúil agus fruiltithe a d’iarraidh isteach ar Ó’Donnabháin Rossa, a luathshaol i rith an Drochshaoil, am caite i bpríosúin, tréimhse i Meiriceá agus é mar bhall de na Finíní chomh maith lena bhás agus an tionchar a bhí aige seo agus oráid an Phiarsaigh ag a thórramh ar Éirí Amach na Cásca.

Buíochas mór le Shane agus Matt as sár léacht.

Harry Holland Annual Lecture

IMG_2377IMG_2342For this year annual lecture in memory of community giant, Harry Holland, we chose to look at O’Donovan Rossa and the impact his death and Pearse’s oration at his graveside had on the Easter Rising. “O’Donovan Rosa – Unrepentant Fenian” with Dr Shane was the subject of the night in the Felons club and our own Matt Lundy was chair.

IMG_2325Dr Shane Kenna holds a BA in History and Political Science, and an MA and PhD in Irish History from Trinity College Dublin. He has worked in several sites of historical and political importance including Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Archive, Dublin Castle, Government Buildings and Castletown House.IMG_2330 Widely published, his works include War in the Shadows: the Irish-American Fenians Who Bombed Victorian Britain. This is the untold story of the Fenian Dynamite Campaign, the first modern urban bombing campaign in Western Europe along with the major biography of the executed 1916 Rising Leader Thomas MacDonagh as part of the 16 Lives series on behalf of the O’Brien Press.

IMG_2334Shane’s approach to the lecture was very welcome; his talk was interesting and engaging. Shane looked at O’Donovan’s early life during the great hunger, his time spent in jail, his time spent in America and apart of the Fenian movement along with his death and its subsequent impact on the Easter Rising along with Pearse’s oration at his graveside.

Thankyou to both, Shane and Matt for a great lecture.

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