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"KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE SINN FEIN LAD"- THE RISE OF SINN FEIN Jim O'Hara
Wed 10 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:30 BST
The words of a song popular in Ireland during the First World War proved to be prescient in the years following the Easter Rising of 1916. This lecture will examine how and why Sinn Fein, a small and sparsely supported party before 1916, succeeded in supplanting the Irish Parliamentary Party and, within a few years, became the dominant force in Irish nationalism, culminating in its historic victory in the 1918 general election.
JIM O'HARA is from Belfast and studied at Queen's University and London University. He has lectured in history at a number of universities and was formerly Director of the Irish Studies Centre at St Mary's University , Strawberry Hill, establishing the Centre there in 1990. He has been Chairman of the Irish Cultural Centre since 2007 and was Chairman of the Irish Youth Foundation; Vice-Chairman of the British Association for Irish Studies and a member of the Irish government's Emigrant Support Programme.