Easter 1916; Family Remembrance and Identity: An Irish Stud
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Easter 1916; Family Remembrance and Identity: An Irish Studies Journey

John MacDonough

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‘MA’ Dissertation Research

Impact

of the 1916 Easter Rising on

grandchildren

of Patrick Rankin; a member of the IRB who took an active part in the Rising, and who wrote of his involvement in witness statements taken by the Bureau of Military History.

Looks

at how these grandchildren view their grandfather’s involvement in the Rising, and consequently how they view the Rising itself.

It examines

the notion of identity, setting out to discover to what extent the actions of their grandfather one hundred years ago have shaped

identities

today.

Involved background research

Interviews

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Underpinning the Research: Irish Studies

Researching

modernities

New perspectives in Irish history

Modern Irish Literature

Staging screen and Exile

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What Is Known

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‘Revising the rising’ can “be perilous, especially if cherished legends are debunked or heroes pushed off their pedestals” (Boyce & O’Day, 1997, p1).

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‘Revising the rising’ can “be perilous, especially if cherished legends are debunked or heroes pushed off their pedestals” (Boyce & O’Day, 1997, p1).

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What is as Yet Unknown

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What is as Yet Unknown

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What is as Yet Unknown

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Interview Questions

What

are your views on the 1916 Easter Rising?

What

do you think of your grandfather’s involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising?

How

does his involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising shape how you remember him and/or what you think of him?

How

does his involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising shape how you view the rising itself?

How

does your grandfather’s involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising shape your identity?

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Conclusions

My family’s history… came to me in bits, from people who rarely recognized all they had been told. Some of the things I remember I don’t really remember. I’ve just been told about them so now I feel I remember them.”

(

Deane, 1997, p225)

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What Now?

‘The Anglo-Irish War, and the 1916 Easter Rising: Family Remembrance and Identity’

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References

Aughey

, A. (1991) What is living and what is dead in the ideal of 1916?, in:

Dhonnchadha

, M. & Dorgan, T. (

eds

)

Revising the Rising

, Derry: Field Day, pp71-90

.

Boyce

, D.G. &

O’Day

, A. (1997) ‘Revisionism and the revisionist controversy.’ In Boyce, D.G. &

O’Day

, A. (eds.) (1997)

The making of Irish history: revisionism and the revisionist controversy

. London: Routledge, pp1-14

.

Deane, S. (1997)

Reading in the dark

. London: Vintage.

Kiberd

, D. (1991) The elephant of revolutionary forgetfulness, in:

Dhonnchadha

, M. & Dorgan, T. (

eds

)

Revising the Rising

, Derry: Field Day, pp1-20

.

McBride,

I

. (2001) Introduction: memory and national identity in modern Ireland, in McBride, I. (

ed

)

History and memory in modern Ireland

, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

.