(Image courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland)

National Museum of Ireland exhibition marks 1916 Centenary

Posted on centenarynews.com on 25 March 2016
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A new exhibition in Dublin explores the events of Easter 1916 when republican rebels seized key buildings in the Irish capital and declared independence from Britain at the height of the First World War.

The National Museum of Ireland says many objects are being publicly displayed for the first time to tell the stories of  civilians, combatants and survivors caught up in the Easter Rising.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny opened the exhibition, 'Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising'  at the museum's Collins Barracks site on March 2nd 2016.

It's among the highlights of centenary events this month, leading up to the principal state commemoration ceremony, led by President Michael D. Higgins, at the General Post Office in Dublin on Easter Sunday (March 27).

'Proclaiming a Republic' considers the background to the rising, the fighting in Dublin as rebel garrisons were set up around the city, and the aftermath of the surrender.

Displays of personal belongings and memorabilia aim to give visitors the 'unique experience of physical proximity to the people and events.' 

A crucifix perforated by a stray bullet is among objects illustrating the stories of civilians caught up in the crossfire.

The stories are also told of those who died, or were imprisoned and interned for their part in the Easter Rising, notably in the last letters of the leaders who were sentenced to death.

'Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising' is presented by the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, Dublin. The museum is also running a public engagement programme inviting people to explore the events of 1916 and their legacy.

Ireland's centenary events have also included Proclamation Day on March 15th - remembering the Proclamation of the Republic in 1916, schools were invited to write a new proclamation for 2016, reflecting the values, ideals and aspirations of the current generation.

Commemorative events marking the Easter Rising Centenary are taking place in Ireland throughout 2016. For more more details, visit the Ireland 2016 website. The rising itself began on April 24th (Easter Monday) 1916.

Also in Centenary News:

Irish President to lead commemorative ceremony at Easter

Sources: National Museum of Ireland, Ireland 2016

Images courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland 

Posted by: CN Editorial Team