Dr. Shane Kenna Memorial Lecture

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Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street; Thursday 22 August at 6pm  

Historian Dr Shane Kenna was one of the foremost authorities on the Fenian Movement. Between 2013 and 2015 he published four books: War in the Shadows: The Irish-American Fenians Who Bombed Britain (November 2013), Thomas MacDonagh (October 2014), Conspirators: A Photographic History of Ireland’s Revolutionary Underground (May 2015) and Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: Unrepentant Fenian (August, 2015). 
However, his career was cut tragically short when he became ill in 2016, and passed away the following year at the age of just 33. His final book, The Invincibles: The Phoenix Park Assassinations and the Conspiracy that Shook an Empire was published posthumously in 2019.

On the 22nd August, author, historian and publisher Mícheál Ó Doibhlín will give a memorial lecture in Pearse Street Library as part of Heritage Week. The lecture will consider the assassination of Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke in the Phoenix Park on May 6 1882, which sent shock waves through Dublin Castle, London and throughout the world of the British Empire. A secret society, which had never been heard of, claimed responsibility for the attack. Panic ruled, and the detective division in Dublin Castle struggled to find and capture the perpetrators. This detailed, illustrated talk will last about 75 minutes.  

All welcome, no booking required.
Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.     
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