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Friends of the Ireland Institute

Bunaíodh Institiúid na hÉireann sa bhliain 1996. Tá an Institiúid tiomnaithe do chur chun cinn na tuairimíochta agus an idéalachais phoblachtaigh. Feidhmíonn an Institiúid chun na smaointe sin a chur chun tosaigh sa domhan comhaimseartha, ag tarraingt as foinsí an phoblachtachais shaoránaigh agus as taithí réabhlóideach na Fraince, na hÉireann, agus na Stát Aontaithe.

Rinneadh Áras na bPiarsach a chaomhnú agus a athchóiriú, agus tá sé mar lárionad ag an Institiúid anois. Sa bhliain 2008 osclaíodh halla agus amharclann nua ar chúl an fhoirgnimh, ar a dtugadh Ionad an Phiarsaigh. Cuirtear na háiseanna sin ar fáil d'eagraíochtaí eile. I measc na n-eagraíochtaí a úsáideann na háiseanna tá Éigse Éireann, Comhlámh, Cumann Robert Emmet, Comhdháil Náisiúnta na hÉireann, Feachtas na hÉireann um Dhlúthpháirtíocht leis an bPalaistín, Gluaiseacht an Phobail, Lárionad na hÉireann um Dhlúthpháirtíocht le Meiriceá Laidineach, agus grúpaí nach iad.

Foilsíonn an Institiúid dhá iris. Tá The Republic dírithe ar an idéalachas poblachtach, agus déanann sí anailís ar chúrsaí comhaimseartha agus ar chúrsaí staire. Seoladh an iris nua The Citizen le déanaí.

The Ireland Institute for Historical and Cultural Studies is dedicated to the study and promotion of republican ideas and thinking. Drawing on the intellectual tradition of civic republicanism and the experience of American, French, and Irish revolutionaries, the Ireland Institute works to increase the understanding and influence of these ideas in the contemporary world.

Civic republicanism is concerned with the common good and recognises the interdependence of all members of society. In a true republic, the active participation of all citizens is essential to ensure both the full development of the individual and the good of the community. Republicans regard freedom, equality, and solidarity among citizens as the foundation of the republic. The Ireland Institute follows those thinkers who have married republican ideas with the democratic principles of self-determination and self-government, and who have extended the concept of the common good beyond the borders of the state in an internationalism that stands with those struggling for freedom, equality, and justice.

The Ireland Institute is particularly focused on the condition of Ireland and how its past and present shape the lives of its citizens. Rejecting equally a narrow parochialism that would turn inwards and away from the outside world and a false cosmopolitanism that would deny our history and culture while imitating others, the Institute stands for an Ireland that is confident and independent, and able to draw on the best of its own heritage and resources and adapt what is good and useful from others. The Institute wants to encourage and be part of a vibrant Irish intellectual life, in which it will advocate the implementation of republican principles.

The Ireland Institute was established in 1996 and has achieved much in the years since then. The successful acquisition and restoration of the Pearse family home on Dublin’s Pearse Street has saved this important historical building for the Irish people. Patrick Pearse was born in the house, and the family lived there for a number of years, while James Pearse ran his architectural and ecclesiastical sculpture business from the ground floor, with the later involvement of Willie and Patrick. The building was neglected and in disrepair when the Institute acquired it. The house might have been lost forever, but is now beautifully restored and serves as the headquarters of the Ireland Institute.

The inaugural lecture of the Ireland Institute was held in Trinity College, Dublin, in September 1997. Thomas Keneally, the Australian republican and writer, was the keynote speaker. He addressed a large and enthusiastic crowd on the theme of ‘Republics Past and Future.’ The meeting was relayed to a second lecture theatre to accommodate the huge attendance.

In the years since the house was restored, the Ireland Institute has organised extensive programmes of public lectures and produced a number of publications as part of its work to develop a significant public discourse. A very successful seminar was organised in 2006 to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising; other seminars have addressed the politics of the Irish revolution, the relationship between democracy and the arts, and how feminism and republicanism interact. The many lectures have included topics such as Roger Casement and human rights; the intellectual in politics; planning and democracy; asylum seekers and refugees; the Border Campaign 1956-62; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Afghanistan; Venezuela; and society and economy – what kind of Ireland do we want?

As well as the lectures and seminars, a number of successful art exhibitions have been held in the Pearse Centre. In 2001, Robert Ballagh’s Land and Language – Tír agus Teanga was his first exhibition in many years; while in 2003, the exhibition Identity: Words and Images against Racism was organised in conjunction with Cómhlamh and Poetry Ireland as part of European Action Week against Racism.

The Ireland Institute also publishes two journals. The Republic is an occasional journal that brings a scholarly approach to applying republican ideas and analysis to contemporary and historical issues. In its four issues to date, The Republic has addressed the theory and practice of republicanism; culture in the republic; and Ireland today. A magazine, The Citizen, has been launched recently. It is more immediate and polemical, and in its first two issues it has examined economic, social, and political aspects of Irish and international life. The papers from the seminar for the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising have also been published as an attractive book, The 1916 Rising: Then and Now.

Opened in early 2008, a new hall and theatre has been added to the Institute’s premises. Together, the historic house and the new hall and theatre are known as the Pearse Centre. With a capacity of about 70 and high quality sound, lighting, and projection systems, the theatre is establishing itself as a venue for the meetings and events of the Ireland Institute and other groups, as well as for theatre and other cultural presentations.

In addition to its own programmes, the Ireland Institute also makes the Pearse Centre available to other groups for both internal committee meetings and public events. The Robert Emmet Association, the 1916-21 Club, the Save 16 Committee, the Irish National Congress, the Desmond Greaves School, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the People’s Movement, the Latin America Solidarity Committee, and many others have used rooms in the Pearse Centre for these purposes.

Towards the end of 2009, the Ireland Institute engaged in discussions about its future and how it could improve its programme of activities, including lectures and publications. Against the background of economic crisis, political stagnation, and the absence of real public debate, the potential of republicanism, with its principles of active citizenship and the common good, to contribute to a better society for all was obvious. The Institute concluded that it should consolidate and then expand its programme, and work to increase the reach and impact of its ideas and philosophy.


The first step involved the drawing up of a development plan, which will launch the Institute on a new phase in its history. The plan is ambitious and will require new resources if it is to be successfully implemented. A director and an assistant director have been engaged to run the Institute on a day-to-day basis and to drive forward the development plan with the support and involvement of the Institute’s two committees, An Coiste Seasamhach (the standing committee) and the Council of Management (the decision-making body).

In the first years of the plan, the lectures and publications will be consolidated. Two issues of The Citizen and one issue of The Republic will be published each year; while lecture series will be organised in the spring and in the autumn – the papers will be published in pamphlet form.

All of this material will be made available on the Ireland Institute’s website, which continues to be developed. It already contains all the papers from the publications to date. The website can be accessed at

Building on these foundations, the Institute will explore the means of expanding its activities and influence in future years. Among the exciting projects being investigated are a summer school for Irish and overseas students, reflecting the ideals and ethos of the Institute; a theatre strand, encouraging and supporting actors, writers, and directors to produce new, small scale, political plays in the Pearse Centre; art exhibitions that explore and question the social order; and a film club that will show works that both entertain and challenge audiences to think about the world they live in.

While the Ireland Institute acknowledges the generous support of the former Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands for the restoration of the Pearse family’s house at 27 Pearse Street, the Institute receives no funding from any public or private source to underwrite its intellectual activities and administration. The Institute has been creative in using the limited assets available to it and now owns the historic house and new hall and theatre in Pearse Street.

But, the Institute has remained underfunded and under-resourced since its inception, and this has impeded the development of the project. While there has been significant achievement in this period, the potential to become a strong force for a better society has yet to be fully realised. As the Institute moves forward with the development plan, it is essential that sufficient funds are available to support a programme that is lively, thoughtful, and substantial, which will allow the Institute to broaden its reach and influence.

The Ireland Institute is now asking everyone who supports its vision of a better society to help fund the future development of the Institute and the Pearse Centre. A Cairde Institiúid na hÉireann/Friends of the Ireland Institute scheme is being opened to allow supporters and friends contribute to this important project. We urge everyone to participate in this scheme and actively support the development of the Ireland Institute and the maintenance of the Pearse Centre as a tribute to Patrick Pearse and his fellow revolutionaries.

PATRONS: Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Seamus Deane, Brian Friel, Fred Jameson, Richard Kearney, Thomas Keneally, Damien Kiberd, Declan Kiberd, Terence McCaughey, T.J. Maher (deceased), Edna O'Brien, Pádraig Ó Snodaigh.

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The Pearse Centre / Ionaid an Phiarsaigh

The facilities of The Ireland Institute, including the Ionad an Phiarsaigh – The Pearse Centre can be rented for theatrical performances, rehearsals, exhibitions, conferences and meetings.

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Read about the History of Number 27 Pearse Street


The 1916 Rising: Then and Now

A conference held at Trinity College, Dublin on 21 and 22 April 2006 organised by The Ireland Institute and Dublin University History Society

Opening of the Ireland Institute

Talks delivered at the opening of the restored Pearse Family Home as The Ireland Institute

Other papers

Transcripts of lectures and papers given at events organised by The Ireland Institute


The Citizen

A forum for analysis and debate of the issues facing Irish society today.

The Republic

A journal of contemporary and historical debate.

A photo of the frontage of the Pearse Centre