Saturday 25 November 2017

Wexford Campus lecturer wrote chapter in new 1916 book

David Tucker

Brian Hand
Brian Hand

IT Carlow academic Brian Hand, who lectures at the Wexford Campus, has contributed a chapter to a new book on the 1916 Easter Rising, entitled Making 1916: Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Uprising, which will be published next month.

Making 1916 comprises a volume of essays which examine the material and visual culture of the Rising. Family keepsakes such as autograph books from Frongoch internment camp, informal souvenirs such as pieces of rubble from Dublin's General Post Office, and 'official' souvenirs such as photo booklets each played a significant role in the construction of individual and collective memory.

Brian, who is a lecturer in art and design at the IT Carlow Wexford Campus School of Art and Design, wrote the first chapter in the book which examines and interprets the Irish flag. In it he argues for the inclusion of the suffragettes in any discussion of the origins of the tricolour as they uniquely popularised tricolours in these islands from 1890 to 1916. Making 1916: Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Uprising is edited by Lisa Godson & Joanna Brück and will be published by Liverpool University Press next month. It will be launched in the GPO on October 1 by Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre. It costs €34 and is available in book stores.

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