March 2016 | Nate Pedersen

Irish Lecture and Exhibition at the University of Delaware

The Special Collections Library at the University of Delaware will host a special talk in conjunction with its ongoing Easter Rising exhibition. Irish scholar Anne M. Boylan, professor emerita at the University of Delaware, will present a lecture entitled "20th-Century Ireland: A Family Odyssey" on March 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

                                                                                                                                                                     maeve_resized.jpgImage: Eva Gore-Booth. The Death of Fionavar: From the Triumph of Maeve. London: E. MacDonald, 1916. Decorations by Constance Gore-Booth (Countess Markievicz). Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library.

                                                                                                                                                                         The accompanying Easter Rising exhibition, entitled A terrible beauty is born: the Easter Rising at 100, will remain on view until June 12. The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the Irish rebellion during Easter Week, 1916, which was violently quelled by the British. The exhibition examines events and attitudes before and after the Easter Rising, including the rise of Irish Nationalism and literature produced during the Troubles. Highlights include a rare first edition of William Butler Yeats' poem Easter, 1916 as well as a variety of unique broadsides, pamphlets, and letters.

                                                                                                                                                                          A terrible beauty is born was curated by senior assistant librarian Maureen Cech. An online version is available here.