Best days out: Commemorations throughout 2016

A selection of yearlong commemorative activities taking place around the country.

By Joanne McDonagh




Signatories Exhibition

Where: National Library of Ireland

Learn more about the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. The National Library has completed a major digitisation project of archives related to the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. A selection of this fascinating content will feature in the exhibition Signatories, to be held in the National Library’s main building. Visitors will be introduced to the lives of the seven men who signed the Proclamation through images and original documents, family photographs and letters, correspondence with comrades and associates, and records of their work and interests.


Guided Tours of Cork City and County Archives

Where: 32 Great William O’Brien St., Cork

Guided Tours of Cork City and County Archives Service relating to the 1916 Period and the 1912-1922 revolutionary period. Second Monday of each month starting 11 January 2016. Booking essential from 



Sir Roger Casement: A Revolutionary Journey

Where: Kerry County Museum, Tralee


A major exhibition charting Casement’s path from servant to Irish nationalist, eventually leading to the gallows in Pentonville Prison. The exhibition will take visitors on a series of revolutionary journeys: Roger Casement’s path from servant of the Crown to Irish nationalist that led to the gallows in Pentonville Prison; the Easter Rising with the first stepping stone of the road to independence for Ireland. 


Beyond Sackville Street and the Somme

Where: National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, County Mayo


Beyond Sackville Street and the Somme will look at the impact of rebellion and war in rural Ireland. The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life will be developing a multi-dimensional programme for 2016 that will look at how the lives of people throughout rural Ireland were affected by the 1916 Rising, its aftermath and World War I. Other themes to be explored as part of this programme include: the impact of social, cultural and economic changes in this period on life in rural Ireland; the changing role of women and comparisons between experiences of those in rural and urban Ireland as a result of the events of 1916.


Fingal 1916 Centenary Exhibition

Where: Fingal Libraries


A new exhibition on the events of 1916 to honour the men and women of Fingal who fought for Irish Freedom. Fingal Libraries Local Study and Archives section is producing a new exhibition on the events of 1916 to honour the men and women of Fingal who contributed to the fight for Irish Freedom. The exhibition will cover topics including: Thomas Ashe; The members of Fingal Brigade at the Mendicity Institute; The Battle of Ashbourne; The role of women involved in 1916, and Cumann na mBan. 



Walking Tour: 1916 Art Trail

Where: Crawford Art Gallery.

The 1916 Art Trail, available throughout the year to visitors to Crawford Gallery, will highlight works on display at the Crawford that are relevant to the period surrounding the 1916 Rising. Works directly depicting life and politics of the era will be the main focus of the trail, the intention being to make the audience aware of the wider context of the Rising and thus bring this tumultuous era to full, colourful life. Other related works will include artists and themes that are tied in some way to the Rising itself and the social and political climate in which it occurred.


Public Tour: Yeats Exhibition

Where: The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.


Public tour of the award-winning exhibition Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats. The tour will introduce the life and work of the poet WB Yeats. A central component of the exhibition is the installation built around Yeats’ ‘Easter 1916’ which allows visitors to see the original manuscript and experience that great poem at many levels. Public tours of the exhibition will take place on the first Thursday of each month during 2016.


Tales from the Other Side

Where: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8


This exhibition uses a unique archive of books, manuscripts and artefacts to trace how minority communities responded to the tumultuous events of the Irish revolution.

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