REVOLUTION 1916 The Exhibition.
Opening 27th February 2016 in the Ambassador Theatre on O’Connell St, Revolution 1916 is a centenary exhibition that tells the story of the 1916 Rising from before during and after. Looking at the historical background that led to the events of 1916 with a focus on the 1916 Proclamation the exhibition also houses the largest private collection of 1916 artifacts from the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation. Downstairs feature a number of sets dealing with the day to day events of Easter 1916 that follow the journey of the Provisional Government from the GPO to Moore St and Kilmainham Gaol to the Stone Breakers yard before the visitor progresses to the post 1916 section. At 12 midday each day the 1916 Proclamation will be read aloud outside the theatre by a uniformed Pádraig Pearse. The exhibition features the story of Molly O’Reilly a remarkable figure during the revolutionary period 1913-23 where she went from working in a soup kitchen during the Dublin lockouts to raising the flag of Ireland on Liberty Hall before the Rising to being a spy for Michael Collins during the War of Independence before finally ending up on Hunger Strike in 1923 as a “danger to the state”. The exhibition looks at what influenced the 1916 Rising from the legends and heritage of ancient Ireland that inspired the cultural revolution to the “six times in three hundred years from the 1916 Proclamation. The aftermath of 1916 is explored through the first Dáil Éireann and the War of Independence and in a more modern context there is a section on the 35th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strikers who were greatly influenced and inspired by the 1916 Rising. The exhibition runs until the middle of October 2016.
Tickets are available here