On Thursday March 3 I attended the premier of 1916: The Irish Rebellion, a documentary shaped to redefine and celebrate the centenary of the Republic of Ireland's independence from Great Britain. Hugely funded by Notre Dame's Keough-Naughton Institute, this documentary is a pivotal account of Irish history and a major step towards introducing a global interest in Irish studies and the culture in general. Taken direction from the Irish Studies page, here is a description of what the film entails:
"On Easter Monday 1916, a small group of Irish rebels—including poets, teachers, actors and workers—took on the might of the British Empire. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would soon win a moral victory—with their actions leading to the creation of an independent Irish state and contributing to the eventual disintegration of the British empire. They have inspired countless freedom struggles throughout the world—from Ireland to India."
This documentary was specifically significant as a societal event important to contemporary society because this year marks the 100 year anniversary of Ireland's independence. This documentary was very interesting and I found it both informative and transformative of the perception of the Irish Rebellion on the global standpoint. In addition to the screening, there was a dinner, in which I had the great privilege to meet important figures in Irish culture and politics and was able to discuss and learn more about the political and economic environment in current times, which I gathered is quite turbulent and fluctuating.
Having the opportunity to attend this premier was tremendously helpful in my understanding of Irish History and it's connection with American History. I am largely inspired by my heritage, which happens to be Irish-Catholic, so this event along with my visit to Ireland over Spring Break gave me a plethora of ideas in how to incorporate it within my art and installations.