Irish Heritage

The Life of the Irish Rebel Countess Constance Markievicz

Maureen Dunphy-Brady, M.A. NYU, Glucksman Ireland House, Irish historian

When the affluent, socialite Constance Gore-Booth, an Irishwoman raised in County Sligo, met the Polish noble Count Casimir Markievicz at art school in Paris, their similar backgrounds and interests drew them together and they married in London. They settled in Dublin enjoying a life of aristocratic pursuits – traveling, painting, writing and socializing with the foremost writers, artists and intellectuals of the day who were advocating a return to Irish culture and language. The Countess, undeniably impacted by her new nationalist friends, traded in her ball gown for the rebel uniform of the Irish Citizen Army, becoming one of the most provocative leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. A firebrand with boundless courage, Countess Constance Markievicz dedicated her life to freeing Ireland from British Rule, breaking through established gender barriers along the way. 2019 marks the centenary of Markievicz’s historic achievement of becoming the first female Member of Parliament in Britain’s House of Commons. Hers is a story of fearless determination and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds.

Tues, Aug 6, 10-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $24, XIRIG 137
Wall Campus

Irish Language

Rath de Houst, Donncha Quinn, Mary Ellen Shevlin, Irish language instructors

Designed for beginners to fluent speakers, students will be divided into groups, each with its own instructor, based on abilities and needs. Groups will interact with one another and participate in joint activities. This format will enhance the objective of keeping Irish available as the living, spoken language at the very heart of Irish culture. Whether you’re looking to dive into the Tain Bo Culaigne or just pick up a few phrases for travel, this program will work for you! 5 SESSIONS

Thurs, Jul 25-Aug 22, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $59, XIRIL 025


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