Risteárd Mulcahy and Annie Ryan in Conversation with Margaret MacCurtain 30th April 2014 at 6.30pm

We are hosting another event at Liberties Upstairs at the end of April so if you are interested in coming along just give us call or send us an email to reserve a place.

Here's all you need to know:

We invite you to an evening of timely discussion around the events of Easter 1916 and their upcoming commemoration in the centenary year. Our distinguished guests have written fascinating accounts of that momentous time in Irish history.

Risteárd Mulcahy’s father was a military and political figure at the centre of events, who has been referred to as 'the forgotten hero’ by his biographer Maryann G. Valiulis (1992). Similarly Annie Ryan can claim a direct line to past events through her father Tom Harris, whose involvement in the Easter Rising was documented along with so many others, in a witness statement to the Bureau of Military History in the 1940s. Ryan has drawn upon the unparalleled wealth of testimony gathered by the bureau and has put the material to excellent use in both of her books.

Annie Ryan researched and wrote Witnesses which was published in 2005 and then went on to write Comrades (2007) in which she focused on the people and events of the War of Independence. Risteárd Mulcahy’s book My Father, The General (2009) drew on Richard Mulcahy’s extensive archive of papers and tape recordings to produce a gripping account of the general's involvement in the tumultuous history of those years.

We are also very pleased to welcome acclaimed historian Margaret Mac Curtain to moderate the evening's discussion.  Mac Curtain wrote in the foreword to Witnesses that 'Easter week 1916 does not belong to any one group exclusively ... but defies co-option'. That seems to be a good starting point for a conversation.

There's going to be plenty of food for thought, so please do join us on the night for wine, books and stimulating conversation at Liberties Upstairs! 

Entrance fee: €4 (includes a glass of wine).

Payment will be on the door, but we advise calling or emailing in advance to be sure of a place. The entrance fee may be redeemed against the purchase of any book on the night.


:+353(0)1905 6075 or libertiesupstairs@gmail.com

Liberties Upstairs @

Liberties Press

Liberties Press

140 Terenure Road North


Dublin 6W


+ 353 (0) 1 905 6075

Email: libertiesupstairs@gmail.com

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