Dr. Ea­mon Phoenix to givetalkin Dun­dalk

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JOUR­NAL­IST and po­lit­i­cal his­to­rian Dr. Ea­mon Phoenix comes to Dun­dalk on Thurs­day Novem­ber 23rd to give a talk en­ti­tled ‘ The North Be­gan: North­ern Nar­ra­tives of the 1916 Ris­ing from the UVF Man in the Gre­sham Ho­tel to Events at Castle­belling­ham’.

Ea­mon is a mem­ber of the Taoiseach’s Ex­pert Ad­vi­sory Group on Cen­te­nar­ies. His book en­ti­tled ‘An Ul­ster Union­ist at the 1916 Ris­ing’ is based on the 1916 di­ary of Belfast-man, James Mitchell who ar­rived in Dublin on Easter Sat­ur­day. His ob­jec­tive – ironic in view of the IRB’s plans for a Ris­ing – was to en­list in the Bri­tish army. Mitchell found him­self ma­rooned in the Gre­sham Ho­tel in Sackville Street (now O’Con­nell Street) for the du­ra­tion of the in­sur­rec­tion. It was there that he penned his graphic ac­count of his dra­matic ex­pe­ri­ences on Gre­sham Ho­tel notepa­per.

In his talk, Dr. Phoenix will trace all these events and how they im­pinged on County Louth, in par­tic­u­lar, the events that oc­curred on Easter Mon­day when the Po­lice­man, Con­sta­ble Charles McGee was killed at Castle­belling­ham.

The talk starts at 8 p.m in St. Vin­cent’s School. All wel­come.

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