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Irish history from the Great Famine to the era of the Troubles

Dr. Patrick Mannion, who has been teaching as a Sessional Instructor in the History Department at Memorial University since 2014, will be offering a six-week intersession semester, May 7th-June 20th. This course will provide students with a comprehensive, analytical survey of modern Irish history from the Great Famine of the 1840s to the era of…

Easter, 1916 by WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

Despite his previous hostility to armed nationalism, WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS honoured those who died in or after Dublin’s Easter Rising as Christ-like martyrs possessing “a terrible beauty”   Easter, 1916 BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. I…

“Drowning the shamrock”

    Photo Credit: “Drowning the Shamrock” Illustrated London News, March 19, 1853 The St. John’s newspaper, The Newfoundlander reporting on the celebrations of the members of Benevolent Irish Society (BIS) in St. John’s on March 17, 1829  wrote: “The company continued to retire, successively, until six o’clock on Sheelagh’s morning, (March 18) at which hour,…

A PRESENTATION ON NORTHERN IRELAND

“What’s going on in the North?” This presentation sponsored by the BENEVOLENT IRISH SOCIETY ovides an overview of life and contemporary issues in the North of Ireland. Themes around identity, social issues and developments, the legacy of “the Troubles” and life in a time of peace. An overview of the current political climate in the…

Irish Tourism Minister Visits Newfoundland and Labrador

(St. John’s, NL, February 20, 2018)  Irish Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin told a gathering of Irish cultural and heritage organizations in St. John’s that he and the Irish delegation visiting Newfoundland will be actively promoting the Valentia Cable Station and Heart’s Content Station as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In December the Canadian government announced…

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