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A BIT ABOUT US

The James Connolly festival, (Tuesday May 7-Sunday May 12, 2019) now in its fifth year, is an annual community-centred celebration of music, film, theatre and debate, with a radical twist.

Since its foundation in 2014,  JCF has aimed to bring together fellow travellers, critics and all-comers in a conversation through words, music and performance about where our society is, and where it wants to go.

In 2017, we marked the centenary of the October Revolution. Last year we remember 150 years since the birth, in the Little Ireland district of Cowgate in Edinburgh, of James Connolly, trade unionist, socialist and Irish republican.   This year on our fifth anniversary, we look the the almost unbelievable state of chassis the world finds itself in…

Connolly

Connolly was one of the founders of the Irish trade union movement, so one of our main goals will be to highlight the importance of trade unions for workers, especially among the young.

More broadly the festival is also  committed to promoting  art, feminism, culture and politics, embracing progressive ideas in a comfortable space for debate that promotes the exchange of ideas.

An extension of the 'James Connolly Memorial Weekend', in previous years, the festival has hosted Ifta award-winning actor/writer John Connors, comedian and writer and star of RTÉ's Nowhere Fast, Alison Spittle and musician Fiach, For the debate strand participants have included TDs Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and trade unionist Brendan Ogle, among many others.

Acclaimed national and international figures including Catalan nun and activist Sister Teresa Forcades and academics James Petras and Zoltan Zigedy  have all delivered the James Connolly Memorial lecture. 

Every year the lecture is followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Arbour Hill on  Sunday, to mark the occasion of Connolly's execution and to pay tribute to him and to the other leaders of the 1916 rising.

James Connolly Festival 2019, Tuesday May 7- Sunday, May 12, 2019, Connolly Books, The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Ph:  +353 1 6703361

info@jamesconnollyfestival.com, info@thenewtheatre.com

 

 

Is í an aidhm atá ag Féile Shéamais Uí Chonaíle ó bunaíodh í sa bhliain 2014 comhghuallaithe, lucht critice agus cách a thabhairt le chéile i mbun comhrá le briathra, ceol agus stáitsiú maidir le cá bhfuil triall ár sochaí agus cén todhchaí ar mian léi a chur roimpi.

An Conaíleach

Bhí an Conaíleach ar dhuine de bhunaitheoirí ghluaiseacht cheardcumainn na hÉireann agus is é ceann de
na haidhmeanna is mó a chuirimid romhainn aird a tharraingt ar thábhacht na gceardchumann d'oibrithe, oibrithe óga go háirithe.

Thairis sin tá an fhéile tiomanta do chur chun cinn na healaíne, an fheimineachais, an chultúir agus na
polaitíochta le tacaíocht don amhclannaíocht fhorásach in Éirinn agus d'ealaíontóirí ar láthair a chuirfidh
lucht díospóireachta agus chur chun cinn smaointe ar a suaimhneas.

D'eascair an fhéile as Deireadh Seachtaine Comórtha Shéamais Uí Chonaíle agus sna blianta atá thart
d'fháiltíomar roimh an t-aisteoir/scríbhneoir mórghradaim, an fuirseoir agus scríbhneoir agus réalta de
chuid chlár RTÉ Nowhere Fast, ar na daoine a thug Léacht Cuimhneacháin Shéamais Uí Cchonaíle bhí pearsana a raibh ardghradam bainte amach acu go náisiúnta agus go hidirnáisiúnta ar nós an ghníomhaí agus bean rialta ón gCatalóin

An tSr agus Leagtar bláthfhleasc ag Cnoc an Arbhair Dé Domhnaigh na féile mar chomóradh ar bhású Uí Chonaíle
agus le hómós a thabhairt dó siúd agus do cheannairí eile Éirí Amach 1916.

+353 1 6703361
info@thenewtheatre.com

 

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Why Come


James ConnollyFestival 2019 May 7th - 12th

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Why Come


James ConnollyFestival 2019 May 7th - 12th

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Why Come?

The festival circuit is a busy one. What the JCF offers is something more intimate.  The New Theatre, Connolly Books in Temple Bar has  for decades been an asylum for thinkers, writers and artists.

LÉANN AGUS LITRÍOCHT

Tá Féile Shéamais Uí Chonaíle ar aon intinn leis an gConaíleach gur bunghné den ghleic ar son ceartais shóisialta í an bhéim ar oideachas. Ós  rud é go mbíonn an fhéile suite in Connolly Books, an siopa leabhar radacach is sine i mBaile Átha Cliath agus an t-aon cheann sa chathair faoi láthair  bíonn deis agat teacht ar scríbhinní Uí Chonaíle chomh maith le raon leathan de scríbhneoirí polaitíochta, eacnamaíochta agus cultúir. Ar sheilfeanna an tsiopa chomh maith geobhaidh tú irisí, paimfléid agus thréimhseacháin idir bhailiúcháin de shaothar Lenin agus fhoilseacháin Karl Marx agus Friedrich Engels. Tá leabhair ann freisin ar réabhlóidithe ar nós Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez agus go leor eile. Tá foilseacháin Pháirtí Cumannach na hÉireann ar díol ann chomh maith leis an míosachán Socialist Voice, Unity agus paimfléid. Agus tá raon leathan d'fhoilseacháin níos príomhshruthaí ann freisin.

 

Reachtáiltear an fhéile i gcomhar leis an New Theatre. Ó bunaíodh an amharclann, thart fá scór bliain ó shin, tá cáil bainte amach aici mar láthair do scríbhneoirí nua atá ag teacht chun cinn chomh maith le léirithe úrnua.

 

CAIDREAMH

Rud amhain é daoine a thabhairt le chéile le taitneamh a bhaint as léiriú; tá sé chomh tábhachtach céanna, ar a laghad, tabhairt orthu fanacht ina dhiaidh agus caidreamh a dhéanamh lena chéile. Chuige sin bíonn imeacht caidrimh againn ar gach oíche den fhéile inár Seomra Dearg áit ar féidir le daoine a scíth a ligint, sos a ghlacadh, teacht le chéile agus polaitíocht an lae a phlé i dtimpeallacht shuaimhneach agus i gcomhshaol cairdiúil.

 

 

LEARNING AND LITERATURE

In keeping with Connolly's ideals, JCF believes an emphasis on education is a key element in the struggle for social justice. Having the festival hosted in Connolly Books, the oldest and only radical bookshop left in Dublin, you will find all of Connolly's works as well as a wide range of historical and contemporary political, economic and cultural writers. The shop also stocks magazines, pamphlets and periodicals ranging from the collected works of  Connolly and Lenin, to the many publications of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. There are also books on revolutionaries such as Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez and many more. The Communist Party of Ireland's publications are also on sale, including its monthly Socialist Voice and Unity pamphlets. And there is a wide range of more  mainstream publications too.

TO SOCIALISE

Getting people together to share in a performance is one thing, to encourage those people to then stay  and socialise after the event is as important, if not more so. This is why, every festival night, in our Red Room, we host a social event where people can relax, unwind, meet and discuss the politics of the day in a comfortable environment and friendly atmosphere.


EVENTS 2019

All events, unless otherwise stated, take place in The New Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

tuesday, MAY 7

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talk

Rise of the Right:

the struggle against racism and fascism in the 21st century

venue: members bar dalymount park

phibsborough dublin 7

time: 7pm

FREE ENTRY

Workers in Ireland are faced with a number of important struggles in 2019. Not least among these, the resurgence of far right politics, racism and fascism in Irish society is cause for significant alarm. What shape have these reactionary forces taken in today's world, and what can we do to combat them?

Joining us for a discussion on anti-racism, anti-fascism, and the challenges and opportunities facing migrants in political organising in Ireland today are the following speakers:

Bulelani Mfaco

Direct Provision activist

Rafaela Ferracuti

Brazillian Left Front

Manoj Mannath

Kranth

Chaired by Spark Podcast

In addition to their stellar start to the season, Bohemian F.C. are renowned for their work off the pitch in battling racism and bigotry of all forms, as well as facilitating people housed in Direct Provision to attend their football games. Therefore, it is fitting that we ask you to join us in the Members’ Bar in Dalymount Park, the home of Bohs, from 7p.m. on Tuesday 7th May 2019 for what is sure to be a lively and informative event.

in proud association with bing bang cafe Dublin 7


wednesday,
MAY 8

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film screening

denNis skinner: nature of the beast:

with q&a afterwards hosted by emmet kirwan featuring allan melia (producer and cinematographer)

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2Uq3eCb

time: 8pm

venue: The new theatre

Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast is a 2017 documentary by director Daniel Draper. The film is about the life, times and work of 87 year old socialist, trade unionist and Labour Party MP Dennis Skinner. On Wednesday May 8th, James Connolly Festival 2019 will host the first Dublin screening of the film.

We expect this to sell out and encourage tickets to be bought in advance!

thursday,
MAY 9

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TALK

the world is in a state of chassis. why?

venue: The new theatre, east essex street, temple bar

Time: 7pm Free

“The world is in a state of chassis”
This famous statement is from Seán O’Casey’s play “Juno and the Paycock.” But what does it mean?

The character (Joxer Daly) meant to say that it is in a state of chaos; and this is certainly true. The environment is in crisis, with global warming, pollution of the world’s oceans, and the increasing loss of bio-diversity. Wars, both large and small, rage around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have become refugees, fleeing hunger, war, and genocide, many of them dying at sea in their effort to find refuge and security. Billions of people live in dire poverty and experience super-exploitation by global corporations.

What has brought us to this point in the history of our planet, and to this deepening crisis? What are the forces propelling us towards the environmental abyss? How do we change direction and build a more democratic and socially just society, both at home and internationally? How do we end the super-exploitation of working people?

This is the real challenge that we all need to face, so as to work towards a solution. With this in mind, James Connolly Festival 2019 is happy to host three excellent speakers in Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes, Cuban ambassador to Ireland, Dr Moataz Khalifa of the Sudanese Communist Party and Eugene McCartan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland.



Speakers

Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes (Cuban Ambassador to Ireland)
Dr Moataz Khalifa (Communist Party of Sudan)
Eugene McCartan (Communist Party of Ireland)

Chair: Laura Duggan (Communist Party of Ireland)

venue: The new theatre, east essex street, temple bar

friday,
MAY 10

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Discussion

Women, Power and Politics in the 21st Century

VENUE:The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East

Free Entry

time: 7pm


At a time of increasing division in and exploitation of workers, women are leading the charge in resisting the differing and evolving forms of sexist, racist and capitalist oppression facing our communities in Ireland and internationally.

Join us to hear from some of the leading women activists speaking on their work in campaigns affecting women in contemporary society.


Speakers

Clare Daly TD
Fatin Al-Tamimi (IPSC)
Lorraine O'Connor (Muslim Sisters of Eire)
Emily Waszak (MERJ)

saturday,
MAY 11

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James Connolly Memorial Lecture:

The struggle for equality: Can a capitalist system ever provide true equality?

Venue New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Dublin 2

Time 2:30pm

Free entry

We are proud to welcome activist and academic Dr Kathleen Lynch to deliver this year's James Connolly Memorial Lecture, entitled: "The struggle for equality: Can a capitalist system ever provide true equality?"

The lecture will take place at 2:30pm in the New Theatre, Essex Street, on Saturday 11th May 2019.

This promises to be a fascinating talk, so we advise you to arrive early. Free entry, all welcome!

Event 2 Saturday, May 11th

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Youth Panel: Issues Facing The Youth Of Ireland Today

The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East

time: 5pm

Free Entry

James Connolly Festival 2019 is delighted to host a youth panel during this years festival. Focusing on two questions, i) have electoral politics failed the youth of Ireland and ii) have trade unions failed the youth of Ireland, the panel will consist of representatives from

Connolly Youth Movement, Ogra Shinn Fein, Labour Youth, Socialist Party & Workers Party Youth

We suspect the city will be buzzing following the national housing demonstration and would invite all to attend and take part in what should be a lively and worthwhile meeting

 

 

sunday,
MAY 12

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Connolly Commemoration - Wreath Laying Ceremony

venue: Arbour Hill Cemetery, Stoneybatter


time: 3pm


To mark the occasion of Connolly's execution and to pay homage to him and the other leaders of the 1916 Rising, each year the James Connolly festival is brought to a close with a commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony at Arbour Hill.

This year we welcome members of the 1916 Societies, CPI & CYM to speak as we close out another year of events.


Speakers

Frankie Quinn (National Organiser, 1916 Societies)
Laura Duggan (Communist Party Ireland)
Alex Homits (Connolly Youth Movement)


*The ceremony will be followed by a drinks reception at The Cobblestone pub in Smithfield from 4pm and all are welcome



Féile Shéamais Uí Chonghaile

Dé Máirt 7 Bealtaine

Rise Of The Right: Workers Struggle Against Racism & Fascism in The 21st Century

Beár na mBall, Páirc Chnocán Uí Dhálaigh, Baile Phib, Baile Átha Cliath 7

Saorchead isteach

7pm

Tá dúshláin thábhachtacha roimh oibrithe na hÉireann sa bhliain 2019. Ní hé an ceann is lú orthu siúd an borradh atá tagtha ar an bpolaitíocht shárdheiseach, ar chiníochas agus ar fhaisistceachas i sochaí na hÉireann ar chúis mhór imní é. Cén cruth atá ar na fórsaí frithbheartacha seo i saol an lae inniu agus céard is féidir a dhéanamh len iad a throid?

Orthusan a bheas páirteach i ndíospóireacht faoi fhrithciníochas, frithfhaisisteachas agus na dúshlain agus deiseanna atá roimh imirceoirí maidir le heagrú polaitiúil in Éirinn an lae inniu beidh na cainteoirí seo leanas:

Bulelani Mfaco (Gníomhaí, Soláthar Díreach)

Rafaela Ferracuti (Fronta Clé na Brasaíle)

Manoj D Mannath (Kranthi)

Fáilte roimh chách!

I gcomhar le Bang Bang Cafe, Baile Phib, Baile Átha Cliath 7 – ábhar bróid dúinn


Dé Céadaoin, 8 Bealtaine

Scannán Faisnéise é Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast a rinneadh sa bhliain 2017 faoi stiúrthóireacht Daniel Draper.

New Theatre, 43 Sráid Essex Thoir, Baile Átha Cliath 2

8PM

Insíonn an scannán faoi shaol, ré agus saothar Dennis Skinner, sóisialaí, ceardchumannach agus feisire de chuid Pháirtí an Lucht Oibre, atá in aois a 87. Is é seo an chéad léiriú den scannán seo i mBaile Átha Cliath.

Leanfar an scannán le ceisteanna agus freagraí leis an léiritheoir/cinemagrafadóir, Allan Melia, á chur i láthair ag Emmet Kirwan. Táimid ag ceapadh go mbeidh an-éileamh ar an ócáid seo agus táimid ag moladh go gcuirfí ticéid in áirithe roimh ré.

Ticéid - https://bit.ly/2Uq3eCb

Déardaoin, 9 Bealtaine

'The World Is In A State Of Chassis.' Why?

New Theatre, Sráid Essex Thoir, Baile Átha Cliath 2

7pm

Saorchead isteach

“The world is in a state of chassis”

Ráiteas cáiliúil é seo ó dhráma Sheáin Uí Chathasaigh, Juno and the Paycock. Ach céard is ciall leis?

Bhí an domhan ina chíorthuathail, dar le Joxer Daly sa dráma úd agus is cinnte gur fíor sin sa lá inniu. Tá géarchéim ann maidir leis an aeráid, ag cur san áireamh téamh domhanda, truailliú aigéin an domhain, agus cailliúint na bithéagsúlachta a bheith ag dul i méid. Tá cogaí móra agus beaga á bhfeardh ar fud na cruinne. Tá na céadta míle daoine ina ndídeanaithe, ag teitheadh ón ocras, ó chogaíocht agus ó chinedhíothú, an-chuid acu ag fáil bháis ar muir agus iad ag iarraidh dídean agus slándáil a bhaint amach. Tá billiúin daoine ag maireachtáil faoi dhúbhochtaineacht agus faoi shárfhulaingt ó chorparáidí domhanda..

Céard is cúis leis an staid seo i stair ár bplainéid, agus leis an ngéarchéim atá ag dul in olcas? Céard iad na fórsaí atá ár dtiomáint i dtreo dhuibheagán an chomhshaoil? Cén chaoi ar féidir linn athrú treo a ghlacadh agus sochaí níos daonlathaí ina mbeidh ceartas sóisialta, sa bhaile agus i gcéin? Cén chaoi ar féidir linn críoch a chur le sár-dhúshaothrú oibrithe?

Seo an fíordhúshlán ar gá dúinn aghaidh a thabhairt air le réiteach a bhaint amach. Agus é sin in intinn againn beidh áthas ar Fhéile Shéamais Uí Chonghaile 2019 triúr cainteoir den scoth a chur i láthair -- Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes, Ambasadóir Chúba in Éirinn, Dr Moataz Khalifa, Páirtí Cumannach na Súdáine, agus Eugene McCartan, Ard-Rúnaí Pháirtí Cumannach na hÉireann.

Cainteoirí

Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes (Ambasadóir Chúba in Éirinn)

Dr Moataz Khalifa (Páirtí Cumannach na Súdáine)

Eugene McCartan (Páirtí cumannach na hÉireann)

Cathaoirleach: Laura Duggan (Páirtí Cumannach na hÉireannach)

Dé hAoine 10 Bealtaine

Women, Power & Politics In The 21st Century

Maidin Caife

Thuas staighre, Connolly Books

The New Theatre, 43 Sráid Essex Thoir

7pm

Saorchead isteach

Fáilte ar leith rompu siúd ar bheagán Gaeilge


Agus dúshaothrú ar oibrithe ag méadú agus deighilt á dhéanamh orthu, is iad na mná atá chun tosaigh i gcur in aghaidh na gcineálacha éagsúla de dhúshaothrú idir ghnéasaíoch, chiníoch agus chaipitlíoch atá ag teacht chun cinn agus atá ina ndúshlán roimh ár bpobail in Éirinn agus go hidirnáisiúnta

Bí linn le héisteacht le cuid de na mórghníomhaithe baininneacha agus iad ag caint faoina gcuid oibre i bhfeachtais a bhaineann le mná i sochaí na linne seo.

Cainteoirí

Clare Daly TD

Fatin Al-Tamimi (IPSC/Feachtas Dlúthpháirtíochta na hÉireann leis an bPalaistín)

Lorraine O'Connor (Deirfiúracha Ioslamacha na hÉireann)

Emily Waszak (MERJ/Imirceoirí agus Mionlaigh Eitneacha ar son Ceartais Atáirgthe)


Dé Sathairn, 11 Bealtaine

Léacht Cuimhneacháin Shéamais Uí Chonghaile

The struggle for equality: Can a capitalist system ever provide true equality?

New Theatre, 43 Sráid Essex Thoir, Baile Átha Cliath 2

2:30pm

Cúis bróid dúinn fáilte a chur roimh an gníomhaí agus acadúlaí, Dr Kathleen Lynch, a thabharfaidh Léacht Shéamais Uí Chonghaile na bliana seo faoin teideal The struggle for equality: Can a capitalist system ever provide true equality?

Is cinnte go mbeidh an chaint seo thar a bheith spéisiúil agus molaimid duit do shuíochán a ghlacadh go luath. Saorchead isteach, fáilte roimh chách!

Dé Sathairn, 11 Bealtaine 2

Painéal na nÓg: Issues Facing The Youth Of Ireland Today

The New Theatre, 43 Sráid Essex Thoir

5PM

Saorchead isteach

Tá athas ar Fhéile Shéamais Uí Chonghaile 2019 fáiltiú roimh phainéal de dhaoine óga le linn fhéile na bliana seo. Leagfar béim ar dhá cheist: I) an bhfuil an toghchánachas tar éis loiceadh ar ógra na hÉireann? Agus ii) an bhfuil na cearchumainn tar éis loiceadh orthu? Beidh ionadaithe ar an bpainéal ó Ógra Uí Chonghaile, Ógra Shinn Féin, Ógra Phairtí an Lucht Oibre, an Páirtí Sóisialach agus Ógra Pháirtí na nOibrithe.


Dé Domhnaigh 12 Bealtaine

Comóradh Uí Chonghaile -- Leagadh bláthfhleasc

Reilg Chnoc an Arbhair, Bóthar na gCloch

3pm

Cuirtear bailchríoch gach bliain le Féile Shéamais Uí Chonghaile le comóradh agus leagadh bláthfhleasc ag Cnoc an Arbhair mar chuimhneachán ar bhású Uí Chonghaile.

Fáilteoimid i mbliaina roimh bhaill de Chumainn 1916, Páirtí Cumannach na hÉireann agus Ógra Uí Chonghaile agus bailchríoch á chur le himeachtai na bliana seo.

Cainteoirí

Frankie Quinn (Eagraí Náisiúnta, Cumainn 1916)

Laura Duggan (Páirti Cumannach na hÉireann)

Azzy O'Connor (Ógra Uí Chonghaile)

*Beidh deoch agus caidreamh i ndiaidh an tsearmanais in The Cobblestone, Margadh na Feirme, ó 4pm i leith agus fáilte roimh chách.

 


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