May 6, 2019

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NYU Washington, DC, Solas Nua, and the Embassy of Ireland co-hosted a screening of Keepers of the Flame followed by a panel discussion with Timothy J. Meagher, Associate Professor of History, Archivist, Curator, American Catholic History Collections, Catholic University (retired) and Cóilín Parsons, Associate Professor, English, Co-Director, Global Irish Studies, Georgetown University, as part of Solas Nua’s Irish Popcorn! Film Series and the 7th annual European Month of Culture.

Keepers of the Flame delves into the archives of the Irish Military Service Pensions and what emerges is a truly personal retelling of a brutal and divisive period in the birth of a nation and the devastating legacy it left in its wake, for the individuals who took part and their families who suffered long after the fighting ended. More than 85,000 applied for the Irish Military Service Pension. Just over 18,000 received any payment.

The film brings to light the diverse experiences of some of the 85,000 ordinary Irish men and women who made pension or dependents allowance claims for having actively served during the violent revolutionary period from Easter 1916 to the end of the Civil War in 1923. Their stories lie in the Irish Military Pension Archives, stack upon stack of applications detailing involvement and actions, thousands of different interpretations of the same events lying side by side.

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Timothy J. Meagher

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Solas Nua’s Irish Popcorn! Film Series is supported by Irish Film Institute International, the Irish film programming service for international exhibitors, supported by Culture Ireland.

Solas Nua, ‘new light’ in Irish, is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Based in Washington, D.C., our mission is to bring the best new Irish artistic talent to American audiences.

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The “European Month of Culture” highlights the diverse cultures of the 28 European Union Member States. Musical performances, art exhibits and tours, film screenings,and lectures take place at the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Folger Shakespeare Library, NYU Washington, Dumbarton Oaks, EU Embassies, EU Cultural Institutes, and other venues.

To many people the European Union may seem like an abstract idea; yet, there is no better way to illustrate the European ideal of joining forces, than to combine the rich heritage of each country into a month of cultural offerings. These events radiate out from Europe Day (May 9), which commemorates the historic Declaration that led to the formation of the EU. “United in Diversity”, the EU motto, is exemplified beautifully by the talents of the many artists who offer their gifts to the Washington community and visitors.

Find more events on the EU Month of Culture Web Page.