What’s happening in Spring 2017?

Wed 8 March 7 – 8.30pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
Professor Azrini Wahidin, Irish Republican Women
This talk will discuss women’s involvement in the Irish Republican Army, political protest and the prison experience in Northern Ireland. Through the voices of female and male combatants, it demonstrates that women remained marginal in the examination of imprisonment during the Conflict and in the negotiated peace process. However, the book shows that women performed a number of roles in war and peace that placed constructions of femininity in dissent.
Azrini Wahidin is the author of Ex-combatants, Gender and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: Women, the Prison Experience and Political Protest. She is Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University.

An International Women’s Day event.
£3 on the door. Please let the bookshop know you are coming:  fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
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Wed 15th March 7 – 8.30pm
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop
Poetry of the Irish in Britain with Cathy Galvin and Deirdre O’Byrne
Cathy Galvin will read her own poetry, primarily from Rough Translation – a collection described by David Constantine as being about “the sea, islands, coastal places,  family who lived very differently from how we do now, the loving connection with them”, drawing on Cathy Galvin’s Irish family past.
The ‘support act’ will be Deirdre O’Byrne reading a selection of Irish-in-Britain poetry, from such writers as Maura Dooley, Ian Duhig, Eavan Boland, Bernard O’Donoghue and Catherine Byron, with commentary.
 
£3 on the door. Please let the bookshop know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.comVenue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
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Wed 22 March 2017   3pm  – 4pm

The Easter Rising and the Death of Home Rule: Ireland 1916-18 by Patrick Murphy (Liverpool University)
 Historian Pat Murphy, founder of Nottingham Irish Studies Group, will discuss the John Redmond-led movement for Home Rule, in the context of World War 1 and the Easter Rising, and what happened to the movement in the wake of the 1916 rebellion.
Venue: Bromley House Library, Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6HL
Booking essential.
If you wish to reserve a seat at a meeting please e-mail Chris Wrigley nine days before:  chris.wrigley@nottingham.ac.uk

This event is hosted by the Nottingham branch of The Historical Assoication

https://www.history.org.uk/student/resource/1095/nottingham-branch-programme-2016-17

 

Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall visit to Galleries of Justice

We are honoured to be have taken part in an event at Nottingham Galleries of Justice to celebrate the visit of Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, on Friday 11 November. The Ambassador gave a talk on Roger Casement and 1916.
Nottingham Irish Studies Group’s contribution was a brief talk on the role of Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Foresters, who were sent over to quell the Easter Rising. In these days of political turmoil, it’s good to rethink our shared history, and consider what unites rather than divides us. Let us build bridges, not walls.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine: we live in each other’s shadows, as the old Irish saying goes. Let those shadows be protective ones. 

Successful funding bid

We are delighted to announce the success of our application to Loughborough University’s Inside Out Fund, dedicated to supporting community outreach by staff members: Nottingham Irish Studies Group has been awarded £500 to run a short series of talks by invited speakers. Events will take place within the Charnwood region, as stipulated by the award. Watch this space: details of speakers will be posted in due course. Go raibh míle maith agaibh / many thanks, Loughborough University.

Past events

We’re on the road:

  • On Wed 5 October, Deirdre O’Byrne gave a talk on Irish Halloween customs, using some Irish fiction (eg Joyce’s short story ‘Clay’ from Dubliners) as a basis for the discussion. Hosted by Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, Birmingham Irish Centre, 7pm. The story of ‘Jack o’ Lantern and the Devil’ went down well.
  • Friday 21 Oct, 10.15 – 10.45am, we did Irish Storytelling in Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, as part of Loogabarooga Festival.

 

Other News / Nuacht Eile

NISG are proud to have received many invitations from groups and organisations to participate in events in both Ireland and Britain over the past few years. As you’ll see if you click on the ‘Diary’ buttons above, we’ve worked in Britain with Beeston Library, Beeston Poets, Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, Bromley House LibraryCrawley Irish Festival, Curve Theatre (Leicester), Five Leaves Bookshop, Loughborough University,  Mansfield and Dukeries Irish Association, Nottingham St Patrick’s Festival and Parade, St Anthony’s School (Solihull) and Stanza Poetry Group.

In Ireland we’ve worked with Courthouse Arts Centre (Tinahely, Co Wicklow), Tullow & Carlow Libraries,  History Festival of Ireland, and The International Pan-Celtic Festival

If you have ideas/suggestions/requests for events, get in touch via our CONTACT button at the top of the page, or message us on facebook.

Facebook ~ leathanach / page & grúpa / group

Tá ainm Gaeilge againn: Grúpa Nottingham don Léann Éireannach.
NISG has its own page on Facebook:
facebook.com/Nottingham Irish Studies Group.
Please click on the link and ‘Like’.

We set up and administer Facebook group East Midlands Irish Forum, which has members around Britain and Ireland. Join us there to find or post Irish-related news and activities.

For those interested in the Irish language, we regret to say that our Rang Gaeilge (Irish language class) has now ceased due to low /irregular attendance. If you would like a list of useful internet sites, or some free Irish language worksheets, email us on info@nottinghamisg.org.uk.