By Rachel Maloney
South Dublin County Council’s Decade of Centenaries events continue with the launch of the South Dublin 1916 Rising Exhibition. The exhibition focuses on local involvement in the Rising. South Dublin County is most associated with the rising through well-known historical figures such as Patrick Pearse, and Eoin MacNeill, but the exhibition also includes the stories of lesser known participants.
Although no fighting took place in the villages, South Dublin played its part in making the Rising happen with contributions including route marches, planning, recruiting and even supplying the paper the proclamation was printed on!
Speaking at the launch of the exhibition last Thursday, Mayor Sarah Holland said:
“For me the legacy of previous generations cannot be left to gather dust in a museum or taken out and paraded on the streets for a day. It must be a living legacy. This exhibition which I am launching here this evening is a most fitting tribute to the memory of the men and women of South Dublin County who played a key role in the events of 1916.”
The exhibition contains artefacts from many private and public collections, and sincere thanks are due to those individuals/institutions who have lent their items for display. The exhibition runs at the County Library in Tallaght until May 27th 2016.
For further information, contact Síle Coleman at the County Library on 01 4620073 or [email protected]