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Dr. EunanOHalpin - LectureBritish Intelligence and the 1916 Rising

A historical lecture by Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History and International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

Wexford Library, Mallin Street

22 Oct 19:30 booking recommended (F) (L)


Dr. Derek Coyle - LectureWilliam Butler Yeats: where myth, history and lived experience battle it out with dramatic intensity

A lecture by Dr. Derek Coyle, English Literature and Irish Studies at Carlow College.

The presentation will examine Yeats’ ‘The Tower’ (1928), a volume critics consider his greatest and which contains poems that respond to the historic events that led to the foundation of the Irish state, the War of Independence and the Civil War; poems like ‘Meditations in Time of Civil War’, ‘The Tower’, ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’, ‘Among School Children’ and ‘Sailing to Byzantium’.  The presentation will offer historical and biographical context as well as offer a close reading of a number of Yeats’ classics.

Wexford Library, Mallin Street

23rd Oct 19:30 booking recommended (F) (L)


ciara murphy_reading the rising course Wexford LibraryReading the Rising: an examination of the literature of 1916 with Ciara Murphy, MA.

A series of 4 reading workshops for adults.

County Library, Mallin Street

Booking is essential

26th Sept, 17th Oct, 7th, 28th Nov 11:30 booking recommended (F) (L)


mothercrossbookcover_s - LectureMothercross

A reading from the new book by local author Maleen Junge.  Seen through the eyes of a little girl Mothercross is an honest, insightful, unsentimental and heart-breaking account of a child who is caught in the crossfire of her Nazi family as she innocently documents the rise and demise of the Third Reich … “An eye-opening marvel!” Billy Roche.

Wexford Library, Mallin Street

22nd Oct 10:30 booking recommended (F) (L)


nikolai-gogol - LectureRussian Literature Lecture Series with Anna Mackay

Halloween lecture

Viy – an exploration of Nikolai Gogol’s classic Russian ghost story.

Wexford Library, Mallin Street

20th Oct 11:00 – 13:00 booking recommended (F) (L)


Dr Tom Walsh Lecture

The 2015 Dr. Tom Walsh Lecture will be given by Stephen Barlow.  Maestro Barlow will be conducting Koanga at this year’s Wexford Festival Opera and his lecture will be a fascinating opportunity to hear from someone who is so intimately connected with the production.  He is the Artistic Director of Buxton Festival and has an international opera and orchestra conducting career.  His long association with Glyndebourne began in 1977 and he made his international debut as an opera conductor in 1989 with Vancouver Opera.  As an opera and orchestra conductor, Maestro Barlow has worked throughout Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa.

He is also a pianist and composer.  He has accompanied baritone Mark Stone on a number Of CDs of English songs, including the complete songs of Delius, and as a composer, his works include Rainbow Bear for orchestra and narrator, which he recorded with his wife Joanna Lumley, and a Clarinet Concerto for Emma Johnson.  His opera, King, about Thomas Becket and King Henry II, was premiered in Canterbury Cathedral in 2006, and we are pleased to tell you of a connection with Wexford: according to legend, Henry II stayed at Selskar Abbey in Wexfrod in 1172 to do penance for Becket’s murder in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.

The Dr. Tom Walsh Lecture is kindly supported by Victoria Walsh-Hamer in memory of her father.

Tea and coffee will be served from10:00 before the lecture.

Jerome Hynes Theatre, National Opera House

24th Oct 11:00 Tickets: €10 (A)


Dr George Hadden Memorial Lecture

Social conditions in Wexford before the 1916 Rising, given by Catriona Crowe.

Catriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland and Manager of the Irish Census Online Project. A Chairperson of the SAOL Project Rehabilitation Initiative, of the Inner City Renewal Group and the Irish Theatre Institute, Catriona is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

St. Michael’s Centre, Green Street

29th Oct, 20:00 Tickets: Non Members €5 Members (F) (D)