Europe House, 124 Rakovski Street, Sofia 1000
Dermot Meleady the biographer of John Redmond the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party at the time of the Easter Rising will give a series of talks in Sofia on the 26th. and 27th. May.
Tuesday, 26th. May: Europe House, 124 Rakovski Street, Sofia 1000 at 7pm: Dermot will talk on the relationship between John Redmond and W.B Yeats. This will be the first of a series of talks to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats arranged by the Embassy. The talk will focus on Yeat’s political ambitions in the 1890’s when it was anticipated he would stand for the Party in the 1892 election. It will also examine his relationship with the party on the eve of 1916. A measure of his frustration with the Irish Parliamentary Party at that time was his poem ‘September 1913’ which expressed the opinion: –
‘Romantic Ireland is dead and gone, it is with O’Leary in the grave’.
Wednesday, 27th. May: Auditorium 291 at 10am, University of Sofia: Dermot will deliver a talk on ‘Pierce (O’) Mahony – from Parnellism to the Balkans.’ Pierce O’Mahony – also known as The O’Mahony – who has a street and a square named after him in Sofia served as a Parnellite MP in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s. He lost his seat after the fall of Parnell. Please contact me at Patrick.Coleman@dfa.ie if you wish to attend this event.
In 1903 O’Mahony travelled to Bulgaria to undertake relief work among orphans who had fled from Turkish massacres, and in 1904 opened St Patrick’s Orphanage in Sofia. On the outbreak of World War I in 1914, he unsuccessfully tried to prevent Bulgaria entering alliance with Germany, and after the war argued for Bulgaria to be exempted from war reparations. On 20 January 1915, he was awarded the Order of Civil Merit by Ferdinand I of Bulgaria.
Though this talk is being delivered to students at the University, members of the public are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, 27th. May: Ulitsa “Krakra” 7, 1504 Sofia – The title of the talk is ‘John Redmond: the Woodenbridge speech and Irish recruitment in the Great War.’ John Redmond as the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party in this speech urged young Irish men to join the British Army to assist in the defence of small nations (in this case Belgium). His speech severely split the Irish Volunteers – with the overwhelming majority joining the British army – and the remnants of which were to participate in the Easter Rising in 1916, which was to lead to the end of British rule in Ireland.
Further Information from http://www.aubg.edu/events/visit-of-dermot-meleady-to-sofia