The 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 7 - 11pm
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7 - 11pm

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Detail of a 1991 mural in Belfast, Ireland

Detail of a 1991 mural in Belfast, Ireland

Gerry Adams

A free, public two-day event at The Cooper Union in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland examines that country’s history and future. The first evening will look at the cause of labor and James Connolly’s legacy in the American and Irish labor movements. Connelly, an Irish leader who once spoke in The Great Hall, was executed for his role in the Easter Rising. The second evening considers Ireland’s past, present and future and the case for Irish unity. Gerry Adams TD, president of Sinn Féin (at left), will speak.

Note: RSVP is required. Send request to Marty Glennon at: or 631-777-6904.

Wednesday, April 27
The Cause of Labor: The Legacy of James Connolly in the American and Irish Labor Movements

Speakers include:

  • Lorcan Collins, author of The Easter Rising: A Guide to Dublin in 1916
  • James Connolly-Heron, the great-grandson of James Connolly
  • John Samuelsen, president of the Quill/Connolly Local 100, Transport Workers Union of New York and international vice president of the International Transport Workers Union

Thursday, April 28
Ireland: Past, Present and Future and the Case for Irish Unity

Speakers include:

  • Gerry Adams TD, president of Sinn Féin
  • Christine Kinealy, professor of history, Quinnipiac University
  • Toireasa Ferris, member of the Kerry County Council

This event is co-presented by the Friends of Sinn Féin and The Cooper Union Department of Continuing Education and Public Programs.

Photo of Gerry Adams by Mark Moloney / Sinn Féin


Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.