By Dan Walsh
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre presents an interesting event entitled ‘A Shared History; Independence in India and Ireland’, featuring historian John Dorney in conversation with Indian Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra taking place in the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, next Friday at 7pm. It is part of the 2022 Summer Series.
2021 marked 100 years of Irish independence and this year sees India celebrate 75 years of independence. “We are honoured to welcome the Indian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency, Akhilesh Mishra to Enniscorthy for a conversation on rebellion and independence in our two nations. He will explore the influence of Irish independence on the freedom movement in India during the first half of the 20th century, which led to Indian independence,” said Mico Hassett, Manager of the Centre.
Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra, who arrived in Dublin in October, 2021, belongs to the Indian Foreign Service and has over three decades of rich experience in the entire gamut of Indian diplomacy, covering political, security and geo-strategic affairs; economic and commercial, investment and technology issues; education, research and innovation; cultural and soft power engagements; Indian Diaspora and India’s development partnership with other countries.
John Dorney is an independent historian and chief editor and writer of the Irish Story website. A Dubliner, he studied history and politics in University College Dublin and completed a Masters’ Thesis on the 16th century Irish chieftain Florence McCarthy entitled, Florence MacCarthy and the conquest of Gaelic Munster, 1560-1640. In 2010, he completed a Masters’ in Journalism and media studies at Griffith College Dublin.
After an intermission, the talk will be followed by a concert of Indian classical music performed by Irish sitar player, Dara O’Brien and Indian tabla player, Debajyoti Sanyal. Both are world-renowned musicians and educators.
The public is invited to join in for an evening of history and culture, shared between the independent people of Ireland and India.
Tickets available from http://www.presentationcentre.ie
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