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Peace, Love & Protest: UCD 1969

Tuesday 12th March 2019

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Sounds of the sixties, Dramatic Vignettes, Archive footage

It was 1968. A year of tumult and momentous change across the globe. UCD students were not immune to the demands for radical change sweeping universities around the world, and founded Students for Democratic Action in May, to achieve change both in the college and the wider society.

SDA’s three-year history had its high point in the ‘Gentle Revolution’ which started with the occupation of the administration block at UCD Earslfort Terrace on 26 February 1969, then morphed into an effective general strike of 10,000 students who — instead of attending lectures — held a series of mass seminars and teach-ins on the future of the university.

Fifty years on, a group of SDA veterans have come together to organise this anniversary celebration.

This stage and screen show will feature music, dramatic pieces, spoken word, and archive
footage from the time.

Master of ceremonies Patrick Bergin will be joined by actor Barry McGovern, with a couple of
short readings from veterans of the time.

Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends will perform
as house band, with various singers and musicians joining them onstage, including Jim Lockhart and Barry Devlin (of Horslips), Keith
, Brian Bolger, Ciara Burke and Brendan Ingoldsby.

Actors Nuala Hayes, Jeananne
, and Susan Slott will perform short dramatic pieces or reminiscences.

Presented by SDA 'Gentle Revolution' Anniversary Committee
Sponsored by Butlers Chocolates, Dubray Books, Greville Edwards Design, Hildegarde and Eddie O’Connor, Ercus Stewart SC

All proceeds (after costs) will be donated to the Peter McVerry Trust

Photograph courtesy of The Irish Times: leading SDA member Eoin Sweeney is manhandled by RUC at Burntollet Bridge, Co Derry