Kelly Sullivan is a clinical associate professor of Irish Studies at New York University and writes about modernism, Irish visual culture, and contemporary poetry. She has recent articles on letters in Kate O’Brien’s fiction, on the stained glass and illustrations of Harry Clarke, and on Yeats and animal studies. She is editing a forthcoming issue of Éire-Ireland on Ireland and the environment, and working on a manuscript called Epistolary Modernism: Privacy and Public Voice at Midcentury.
On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, in the midst of World War I, fifteen hundred volunteer troops staged a violent uprising in the Irish capital of Dublin and in strategic positions across the then-British colony. In retaliation, the English deployed ground troops and sailed the gunboat Helga up the Liffey River. In the ensuing fighting, Dublin’s main thoroughfare, Sackville Street, was almost utterly destroyed, and over three hundred buildings were damaged in the city, including many major landmarks.