“The work has been hailed as an exemplary model of how highly controversial events can be interpreted in ways that encourage social and political cohesion and understanding.”
What impact did it make?
'A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF 20TH CENTURY HISTORY IN RETROSPECT'
The research was used to create “GPO Witness History”; the flagship exhibition of Ireland’s commemorative Post Office. The €100,000 exhibition was opened by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2016. In 2017 the exhibition won the European Museum Academy’s prestigious Micheletti Award (2017). The judges stated: ‘The Centre is a perfect example of 20th century history in retrospect, dealing in an even-handed way with a very emotive subject . . . It is an extraordinary achievement, an historical challenge which has been transformed into a reconciliation centre which also poses questions for the future.’
In 2012 Ireland’s national theatre commissioned playwright Jimmy Murphy to adapt Rebels for the stage. Featuring archival testimony, the production dramatised ‘ordinary’ rebels’ experiences, bringing to public attention their radical motives. Staged at the Abbey Theatre in 2014, 2015 and 2016, it also performed to sold-out audiences in London, Manchester, and New York in 2016.
The lead researcher on the works, Fearghal McCarry is renowned as an expert about the Easter Rising and his extensive TV and radio engagements continue to generate impact among the public.
- ‘The Abbey Rebels’ was described ‘one of the most significant studies to emerge from the explosion of recent research on this extraordinary episode in Irish history’ (Prof. J.J. Lee (NYU)
- The Rising was described by Irish Economic and Social History, 37, as ‘The finest account yet of the 1916 Rising’.
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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- SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
Impacting in Countries/Regions
School/InstituteSchool of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
- Creativity and cultural understanding
- Peace, identity, conflict and social sustainability
- Valuing heritage