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James Connolly in Edinburgh and Leith
Saturday 20 August 2016
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James Connolly was one of the leaders of the Irish Provisional Government that proclaimed Irish independence from British rule at the 1916 Easter Rising. His controversial execution by the British authorities made him a national martyr – one of the key historical figures in the struggle for Irish independence.

It’s less well known that James Connolly was an Edinburgh man. This special event brings together actors, musicians and commentators for reflections on his life and achievements through music, poetry, readings and discussion. It focuses on the making of an internationally renowned fighter for social justice and national liberation.

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Supported by

Edinburgh Trades Union Council

Scottish Trade Unions




This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.