Memorabilia Rising for 1916 exhibition in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Madge Daly at the unveiling of the 1916 memorial in 1956 on the Sarsfield Bridge - Limerick Museum and Archives
AN exhibition marking Limerick’s role in the 1916 Rising is seeking to collect memorabilia ahead of the centenary next year.

AN exhibition marking Limerick’s role in the 1916 Rising is seeking to collect memorabilia ahead of the centenary next year.

Limerick Museum and Archives is to host a roadshow later this month to collect images, letters, stories or objects relating to 1916.

Private collectors and members of the public are being asked to contribute to the exhibition, which will focus on Limerick’s role in the Rising.

Jacqui Hayes, city archivist, acknowledged that Limerick’s role in 1916 was less well known, given the concentration on events, primarly in the GPO. But, she argued, Limerick was “primed to be a focal point in the revolt”.

“However, due to a combination of bad luck and ill-communication, the plans for Limerick fell to the wayside,” she said.

“Despite this lack of dramatic revolutionary action in the city during 1916, the nationalist movement moved through the motions, before coming to a head in 1918 with a number of violent events,” she added.

The roadshow, taking place in City Hall on June 20 between 2pm-5pm, will allow those to bring original material to have it scanned, photographed and catalogued on the day and returned.

Experts will also be available to assist with any queries and all are welcome to attend.

Ms Hayes said the exhibition would be intertwining the “evocative themes” of 1916 with the stories of the people of Limerick, as well as the national political figures of that time.

“Between examining what life was like during this period, to focusing on the individual lives and stories of the men and women involved in the Rising, this exhibition will detail many intimate and personal stories while also viewing Limerick’s place in the overall narrative of 1916,” she explained.