Mondays at the Mess Lecture Series begins at Richmond Barracks

16th January 2017 at 11am – The Geneva Window

Lecturer: Dr. Róisín Kennedy

'another sad chapter in a story of mishandling, official maladroitness, neglect and philistinism'. Brian Fallon, 1984

This lecture offers some insight into the Geneva Window debacle of the early Free State period.

Dr. Róisín Kennedy is a graduate of UCD and the University of Edinburgh.  Róisín’s research focuses on the critical reception of modernist art in Ireland, the role and function of art writing post 1880, on the position of women as artists and subjects in modernist art, and on the role of censorship and ideology in the production and patronage of modern art. She is currently preparing for publication a book on attitudes towards modernist art in Ireland 1922-77.

6th February 2017 at 11am– Genealogy: Tracing your Military and Revolutionary Ancestors

Lecturer: Nicola Morris – Genealogist

This lecture provides genealogical advice on tracing military ancestors from the British Army (First World War) and Irish revolutionary period.

Nicola Morris is a History graduate of TCD and genealogist who set up Timeline Research Ireland in 2006 with Dr. Robert Somerville Woodward to provide professional genealogical and historical research services to clients in Ireland and around the world.

Nicola has provided genealogical services for both the NBC and BBC TV programme “Who do you think you are?” and has appeared on screen  with Julie Walters, Rosie O’Donnell, Jeremy Irons, Graham Norton and Chris Moyles. Most recently Nicola was one of the presenters of the first series of The Genealogy Roadshow for RTE.

6th March 2017 at 11am – The Changing Face of Dublin Cemeteries and Graveyards 1500-2000

Lecturer: Lisa Marie Griffith

This lecture will look at the changing face of Dublin Cemeteries over a 500 year period.  Lisa Marie Griffith has a PhD in History from TCD.  She is co-editor with Ciaran Wallace of Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin 1500 to present(published by Four Courts Press in July 2016) and is author of Stones of Dublin: A History of Dublin in Ten Buildings (published by Collins Press in 2014). She also presented a series on Anna Livia (now Dublin City FM) for two years on Dublin History. She taught history and was Coordinator of the Cultural and Heritage Studies Programme at the National Print Museum in Dublin and now now works with Dublin City University.

3rd April 2017 at 7pm – Screening of Battle of the Somme film shot in 1916

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Richmond Barrack are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world.  Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.  One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection, is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. *

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Notes to the Editor:

Situated in the heart of Inchicore, Dublin 8, Richmond Barracks officially opened in June 2016.  One of nine ‘Permanent Reminders’ Richmond Barracks has been redeveloped by Dublin City Council as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. It is an interactive multimedia exhibition centre which traces the story of the site from military barracks, to housing estate, to school.

In addition to the interactive exhibition, the site also houses a café and landscaped garden area. Tours of Richmond Barracks incorporate the newly opened Goldenbridge Cemetery, adjacent to the Barracks.