As part of the Liverpool celebrations marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, LJMU English lecturer, Dr Deaglán Ó Donghaile, will give a public talk on the Irish Fenian revolutionary, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, at the LJMU’s John Foster Building on 26th February at 5pm.

04_01165429_45d17d_2434503aDescribed by the rebellion’s leader, Patrick Pearse, as being ‘incapable of compromise’, O’Donovan Rossa was one of the key figures of nineteenth-century Irish republicanism.  Such was his importance to the physical force tradition that his funeral was used as the ideological launching ground for the Easter Rising. Interned in Ireland, and then later imprisoned in England for high treason, he was tortured and held in isolation for resisting prison authorities.  Upon his release he rejoined the Fenian movement and advocated the use of arms to remove the British presence from Ireland.

Drawing on research that he has conducted at the Huntington Library, the New York Public Library, the Trinity College Library in Dublin and at the National Libraries of Ireland and Scotland, Deaglán will discuss O’Donovan Rossa’s enduring political influence among Irish republicans and will point to his role as one of the most important anti-colonial thinkers and writers of his time.  In keeping with the literary theme of his research, he will also discuss his fictionalised appearances in a number of popular “dynamite novels” that were published during the 1880s.

To book a place at the lecture, please email

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