1) Atlas of the Irish Revolution, the award-winning book from Cork University Press, will be the subject of co-editor Donal Ó Drisceoil’s lecture for Cork Historical and Archaeological Society on Wednesday, April 18.
Putting the Irish revolution on a map – one for every day in the year
- Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil explains the challenges of compiling Atlas of the Irish Revolution – and the new historical perspectives the award-winning book offers
- The Cork Historical & Archaeological Society County Lecture 2018:
Mapping the Irish Revolution will be delivered by Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil, School of History, University College Cork
at Independence Museum Kilmurry, Lissarda, Co Cork at 8pm on Wednesday, April 18.
The work and the challenges involved in compiling the award-winning Atlas of the Irish Revolution will be described by one of its editors in a free public lecture next week (Wednesday, April 18).
Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil, senior lecturer at University College Cork’s School of History, was a co-editor of the book published last September by Cork University Press. It has since earned numerous accolades, including being named Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year 2017.
For its County Lecture 2018, the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society (CHAS) has invited Donal to talk about the enormous task involved in the project, which saw more than 100 Irish and international scholars commissioned to contribute articles and case studies, mostly on the period between 1912 and 1923.
He was one of the team at UCC which put the Atlas together over several years, led by himself and fellow editors, John Crowley and cartographer Mike Murphy of UCC’s Geography Department, and John Borgonovo of UCC’s School of History.
A range of aspects to the period being marked in the Decade of Centenaries was illustrated in 364 original maps – practically one for every day of the year. As well as discussing the challenges involved, Dr Ó Drisceoil will reflect on how the Atlas of the Irish Revolution provides new perspectives on this transformative era of Irish history.
As the latest in its series of annual County Lectures, CHAS is pleased that this year’s free public lecture will take place at Independence Museum Kilmurry, just off the Cork-Macroom road at Lissarda, a 30-minute drive from the city. The museum opened in purpose-built new premises in 2016 and is home to a collection of over 1,000 artefacts, the main focus being the period described in the Atlas of the Irish Revolution.
Its operator Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association and CHAS have a past president in common, the late John Sheehan. He and his family were instrumental in the establishment and early decades of the original museum in Kilmurry, opened in 1965 by Máire MacSwiney Brugha, daughter of Terence MacSwiney and daughter-in-law of another key revolutionary figure, Cathal Brugha.
The museum will be open for half an hour before and after what promises to be a fascinating lecture by Dr Ó Drisceoil, in which he will show some of the many maps used in the Atlas of the Irish Revolution and explain the research involved in their creation.
Information on the speaker and C.H.A.S.
Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil is a senior lecturer in history at University College Cork. He has published widely on various aspects of modern Irish history. He is joint editor and a multiple contributor to the Atlas of the Irish Revolution, winner of the ‘Book of the Year 2017’ at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.
This event is the latest in the 2017-2018 programme of lectures, field trips and other events organised by Cork Historical and Archaeological Society (CHAS).
Established in 1891, Cork Historical and Archaeological Society is one of the longest-running organisations of its kind in the country. It has produced an annual journal since 1892, and membership is open to anybody interested in the history and archaeology of Cork city and county.
For more information about this and other events in the CHAS programme, or about joining the society, visit the website: www.corkhist.ie
Media queries, contact Cork Historical and Archaeological Society’s Honorary Organiser, Flor Hurley: firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 280 8301.
Part of Independence Museum Kilmurry Display which is hosting the C.HA.S. Lecture.
2) Part of the exhibition at Independence Museum Kilmurry, venue for Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil’s lecture for Cork Historical and Archaeological Society on Wednesday, April 18. Picture: Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association