100 Years Ago – Return of the 1916 Prisoners

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News report from the Daily Telegraph, 19th June 1917

 

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Crowds greet the returning prisoners at Westland Row station. Image courtesy of the Capuchin Archive

 

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Countess Markievicz surrounded by the welcoming crowds in front of Liberty Hall. Photo courtesy of Kilmainham Gaol

 

 

 

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The Count, Countess and Tommy

Following the great success of The Great War Roadshow at the Red Line Book Festival in 2014, we are delighted to welcome a new musical show, written by RTE broadcaster and historian Myles Dungan, to this year’s festival programme.

The Count, Countess and Tommy features popular songs and stories from the Ireland of the 1916 Rising era, centering on the life and works of the celebrated Irish tenor, John, Count McCormack and also featuring the music of Ivor Novello, Stanley Kirkby and George M. Cohan.

The show stars international singing sensations Lisa Lambe and Matthew Gilsenan, baritone Brendan MacQuaile and pianist Ronan Murray.

The show takes place in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Friday 14th October at 8:00 p.m., tickets are €15, and €12 for concessions. Book online now at the Civic Theatre Box Office or by phone at 01 4627477.

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Dublin Fire Brigade and the 1916 Rising Exhibition

 

The Dublin Fire Brigade and the 1916 Rising Exhibition was launched by Mayor Guss O’Connell at the County Library, Tallaght yesterday evening. Founded in 1862, Dublin Fire Brigade is a Dublin institution in every sense of the word. In the 154 years since it was founded it has served and protected the people of Dublin and visitors to our city and county.

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Deputy Chief Fire Officer Denis Keeley, Mayor Guss O’Connell and Las Fallon, Head of Heritage Projects, Dublin Fire Brigade.  

Dublin Fire Brigade has had many proud moments in its history and this exhibition brings one aspect of that history into particular focus: its role in the events of Easter 1916.

A small professional brigade under the command of Captain Thomas Purcell worked throughout the week of the Rebellion to save lives and property in a city which became a battlefield. In the immediate aftermath of the Rising they faced a city on the verge of destruction and went to work to stop the spread of the flames and bring the great fires under control.

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Throughout this year Dublin Fire Brigade has played a major role in commemorative events, including the parade during the State Commemoration on Easter Sunday, honouring those who wore the Dublin Fire Brigade uniform in 1916.

Speaking at yesterday evening’s launch, Mayor O’Connell commented, “That small band of firefighters wrote a long forgotten page in the history of the events of 1916 and it gives me great pleasure to see their story brought to light in this exhibition and highlighted for a new generation.”

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The launch was also attended by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Denis Keeley, and Las Fallon, Head of Heritage Projects with the Dublin Fire Brigade.

South Dublin County Council, through its library service, is delighted to host this exhibition as part of our 1916 centenary activities.

The exhibition runs at the County Library, Tallaght until 9th September 2016 (during library opening hours).

Knocklyon History Society 1916 Lecture

Knocklyon History Society’s April 2016 event is their 1916 Commemorative Lecture titled

Thomas Clarke: Leader of the Rising

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Postcard of Norman Dewar’s portrait of Thomas J. Clarke, courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. 

which will be given by Helen Litton, author and grandniece of Tom Clarke

Wednesday 13th April at 7:45 p.m. at the Iona Centre, beside St. Colmcille’s Church, Knocklyon.

All welcome. Admission is €3 for members and €4 for friends.

1916 Commemorations in Rathcoole & Saggart

The Four Districts Remembers 1916

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Programme of Events:

February 27th 4:00 p.m. Dr. Shane Kenna, ‘Poet Patriot, Thomas McDonagh‘. Heritage Centre, Saggart.

March 12th, 2:00 p.m. Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, ‘Josie McGowan: a Brief Flame‘ Rathoole Community Centre.

March 23rd, 7:00 p.m. Dr. Kerron Ó Luain, ‘The Four Districts and the Irish Revolution‘, Rathcoole Community Centre.

March 28th, 12:00 p.m. The Four Districts 1916 Commemoration in the Court of Petty Sessions (Old Library), Rathcoole.

 

Palmerstown: A Day in the Life, 1916

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There’s lots going on for Palmerstown’s 1916 Commemorative events which are taking place in Palmerstown Parish Centre on Sunday 6th March.

  • 1916 Exhibition – an exhibition on 1916 memorabilia (documents, medals and many other artefacts) by Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteer History Group (dressed in 1916 uniforms)
  • Stories of 1916 Relatives – Talk to residents of Palmerstown about the participation of their parents, grandparents and other relatives, in the Rising.
  • Local Schools’ 1916 Projects – St. Lorcán’s. St. Brigid’s & Stewart’s.
  • 1:00 pm – Unveiling of 1916 Commemorative Plaque at the Coach House, followed by Flag Raising Ceremony at the Parish Centre, including reading of Foróga na Poblachta (Proclamation of the Republic).
  • 1916 Kitchen – Sample authentic Dublin Coddle and Gur Cake as you wander through time to view the historic exhibits.

Join in and add to the atmosphere by dressing up in 1916 costumes!

Palmerstown Parish Centre, 1:00-6:00 pm, Sunday 6th March 2016.

1916 Exhibition in the County Library

South Dublin Libraries’ Decade of Centenaries events continue with the launch of our 1916 exhibition.

The exhibition contains artifacts from many private and public collections, and sincere thanks is due to those individuals and institutions who have so generously lent their items for display.

The exhibition is slanted towards local involvement in the Rising and includes a map of the (now) South Dublin area with information as to how the preparations went on in that  area. Although no fighting took place in the villages, they played their part in making the Rising happen with contributions like route marches, planning, recruiting and even supplying the paper on which the Proclamation was printed.

The exhibition runs until the 27th of May.