JAMES CONNOLLY EDUCATION TRUST “The Labour movement is like no other movement. Its strength lies in being like no other movement . . . Other movements dread analysis and shun all attempts to define their objects. The Labour movement delights in analysing, and is perpetually defining and re-defining its principles and objects.”—James Connolly

Previous meetings and papers

Sunday 11 October 2009
A celebration of Robert Tressell’s masterpiece
100 years of The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists



Ronan Wilmot, Anthony Fox, and Simon Hubbard
Charlie Callan (Irish Labour History Society)
Jimmy Coughlan (Irish National Painters’ and Decorators’ Group, SIPTU) Text
Eddie Glackin (Communist Party of Ireland)
★ Music by Eric Fleming
Venue: New Theatre (43 East Essex Street)
Thursday 17 May 2007
James Connolly Memorial Lecture, 2007
Culture, class, and Connolly
Guest speaker: Terry Eagleton (John Edward Taylor professor of English literature,
University of Manchester, and socialist writer and critic) Text
Venue: Ireland Institute (27 Pearse Street, Dublin)
Saturday 13 May 2006
Ripples of Freedom
All-day conference on the ideas of James Connolly
to mark the ninetieth anniversary of his execution

Venue: Ireland Institute (27 Pearse Street, Dublin)

Socialism or barbarism?
Can the world afford capitalism any longer?
Paul O’Connell (Trinity College, Dublin) Text
Patricia McKenna (Green Party)

Imperialism and war
Seán Edwards (CPI, Dublin) Text
Frank Keoghan (People’s Movement) Text
Frank Cammock (CPI, Belfast)

Socialism and national liberation
The working class in the struggle for national freedom
Guest speakers:
David Granville (Britain) Text
Noel Carrillo Alfonso (Cuba)
Avtar Sadiq (India) Text

Panel discussion
Friday 12 May 2006
James Connolly Memorial Lecture, 2006
“The man looking over our shoulder”
Speaker: Eugene McCartan (general secretary, Communist Party of Ireland) Text

Venue: Ireland Institute (27 Pearse Street, Dublin)
Tuesday 18 April 2006
Vanguard of the rebellion:
The Irish Citizen Army, 1916

Speaker: Dr Ann Matthews
(author of “The Rise and Demise of Women in Irish Politics, 1900–1941,” NUI, Maynooth)

Venue: Ireland Institute (27 Pearse Street, Dublin)
Tuesday 21 March 2006
A comradeship of principle:
Connolly and Pearse

Speaker: Mícheál Mac Aonghusa Text
(writer on Irish politics and current affairs)

Venue: Ireland Institute (27 Pearse Street, Dublin)
Tuesday 28 February 2006
Connolly, the World War, and 1916
Speaker: Manus O’Riordan
(Head of Research, SIPTU, and author of numerous papers and pamphlets on Irish history)

Venue: Ireland Institute (27 Pearse Street, Dublin)
Wednesday 12 December 2001
“Even the olives are bleeding”:
The life of the poet and anti-fascist martyr Charlie Donnelly
Michael O’Riordan (member of the International Brigade,
Spanish Anti-Fascist War)

Venue: New Theatre (43 East Essex Street, Dublin)
Friday–Sunday 20–22 April 2001
International conference:
The Relevance of James Connolly in the 21st Century
Patrons:
Robert Ballagh
Anthony Coughlan (Sociology Department, TCD)
Mary Cullen (NUI, Maynooth)
Liz Curtis
Dublin Council of Trade Unions
Tony Gregory TD
Joe Higgins TD (Socialist Party)
Joe Jamison (New York)
Rev. Terence McCaughey (TCD)
Martin McGuinness MP (Sinn Féin)
Don Mullan (Bloody Sunday campaigner)
Michael O’Reilly (national secretary, ATGWU)
Michael O’Riordan (former general secretary, Communist Party of Ireland)
Ruairí Quinn TD (Labour Party)


Speakers
Dr Priscilla Metscher Text
Prof. Thomas Metscher (University of Bremen) Text
Michael O’Reilly (national secretary, ATGWU)
Jack O’Connor (president, SIPTU) Text
Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh (writer)
Manus O’Riordan (Research Officer, SIPTU) Text
Joe Higgins TD (Socialist Party)
Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD (Sinn Féin) Text
Proinsias de Rossa TD (President, Labour Party)
Eugene McCartan (National Chairperson, Communist Party of Ireland) Text

Venue: New Theatre (43 East Essex Street, Dublin)
Tuesday 21 November 2000
Social partnership:
Lessons for the trade union movement

Noel Murphy (ATGWU)
(in his personal capacity)
Eddie Conlon (National Executive, Teachers’ Union of Ireland)
(in his personal capacity)
Chairperson: Seán Edwards

Venue: Connolly Books (43 East Essex Street, Dublin)
Tuesday 24 October 2000
Police and the community:
A Patten for the South?

Johnny Connolly (author of Beyond the Politics of Law and Order) Text
Michael Finucane (solicitor)
Chairperson: Kevin McCorry (Campaign for Democracy)

Venue: Connolly Books (43 East Essex Street, Dublin)
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