The Ring of Gullion Partnership is delighted to welcome back Dr Éamon Phoenix to the area.
Dr Éamon Phoenix is a political historian, journalist and commentator. He is a member of the Taoiseach’s Expert Advisory Group on Centenaries. His book entitled ‘An Ulster Unionist at the 1916 Rising’ is based on the 1916 diary of Belfast-man, James Mitchell who arrived in Dublin on Easter Saturday.
His objective – ironic in view of the IRB’s plans for a Rising – was to enlist in the British army. Mitchell found himself marooned in the Gresham Hotel in Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) for the duration of the insurrection. It was there that he penned his graphic account of his dramatic experiences on Gresham Hotel notepaper.
In his talk, Eamon Phoenix will trace all these events and how they impinged on Co Armagh and the surrounding area.