The official 1916 commemoration date is nearly upon us and although stories and projects will be ongoing throughout the year, we thought we’d share a couple of highlights that we’ve noticed ourselves.
Irish Landmark Trust’s head office is located on Parnell Square and many of us get the bus to work. We’re based very close to the Garden of Remembrance so have been noticing lots of activity around the area. We like the poster campaign that Dublin Bus is running on board the buses, highlighting different contemporary bus routes and relating them back to both people and places pertinent to the Rising. This campaign is part of a bigger ebook project, 1916 Portraits and Lives. The ebook is free to download (until 31st March 2016). This gift is an initiative by the Royal Irish Academy, the Office of Public Works, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ireland 2016.
Another initiative by Dublin Bus is the 1916 Tour – Beyond Barricades. Acting troupe, ANU Productions (Dublin Tenement Experience 2013 and PALS – The Irish at Gallipoli, Collins Barracks 2015), is involved with this particular tour. It’s one we’re looking forward to checking out.
We’re so proud one of the team here in head office, is part of the ‘77 Women Commemoration Quilt‘ project (an initiative of The Yarn School). It honours the 77 women arrested after the Easter Rising and will be shown in the new Exhibition Centre in Richmond Barracks. The idea of the project was to get 77 contemporary women to create a piece for the quilt, each piece to represent one of the 77 women imprisoned in 1916. Singer Damien Dempsey’s great grand-aunt, Jane (Jennie) Shanahan, was one of the women.
Of course there were casualties on both sides. Many people might already know this but we only learned recently that the death of Captain Percival Lea Wilson in 1920 related directly to his involvement in 1916. Following his death, his widow Dr. Marie Lea Wilson was helped through the grieving process by the Jesuits. While holidaying in Scotland she bought a painting, for a modest sum, that she ended up donating to the Jesuits – by way of thanks. Many years later, the painting was identified as Caravaggio’s The Taking of the Christ. It now resides in the National Gallery of Ireland.
In terms of blogs, TCD Library’s Changed Utterly is highly recommended as is the Letters of 1916 project. Lorcan Collins’ 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour is excellent and if you haven’t been before, surely this is the year to visit the Pearse Museum, a gem of a place based out in Rathfarnham.
This is a little patchwork of stories that we have picked up on 🙂 Please do share any 1916 recommendations with us!
We hope you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend.