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Results of the Revolution 2016

Torthaí na Réabhlóide 1913-1923

The Revolutionary Period 1913-1923: Results and Reappraisal

  • School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore UCD
  • St Patrick’s College DCU
  • St Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
  • Notre Dame University
  • Pearse Museum

The focus of this international, bilingual conference and exhibition will be a reappraisal of language and cultural revival, while at the same time assessing the impact of the Revolutionary Period 1913-1923 on national and diasporic Irish-language communities. Revivalists set themselves a momentous challenge in striving to achieve a bilingual Ireland as well as seeking to reinstate the Irish language within urban structures of 'commerce, politics, official religion, the professions and printed word' (Daly and Dickson 1990). Their vision triggered a revival in Irish-language literature as well as the promotion of the Arts, cinema, and education in the Irish language and cultural festivals, all of which ensured that the Irish language itself became an integral part of Irish society and identity which extended beyond the shores of Ireland. Themes to be addressed in this bilingual conference include: lexicography, literature, language, place-names research, biography, print and broadcast journalism, film, and the digital humanities with keynote speakers:

  • Professor Jerry White, Canadian Research Chair in European Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • An Dr Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, Writer and Lecturer, University College Dublin
  • Professor Keith Jeffery, Chair of British History, Queen’s University Belfast. 

Despite the influence of the Revolutionary Period 1913-1923 on twentieth- and twenty-first century Irish society, the implementation of the Revival and the ‘Gaelic League Idea’ has become a footnote in its overall reappraisal. This international, bilingual conference aims to review this ideology and its results in the context of the impact of the Revolutionary Period 1913-1923 on the Irish language and culture both nationally and internationally.