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Easter 2016 in the Liberties and Dublin 8
DHR News, Featured | 10th March 2016

The Liberties in Dublin 8 is one of Dublin’s oldest and most historic neighbourhoods. It developed as a suburb of the medieval walled city in the 12th century and remnants of the old City Wall of Dublin can still be seen at Cornmarket and St Audeon’s Park today.

Dublin 8 also played a major part in the 1916 Rising and is home to some of the key landmarks associated with the events which changed Ireland forever. These include the Mendicity Institution, which was occupied by rebel leaders; the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which was the headquarters of the British Army in Ireland; Richmond Barracks, where the suspected leaders of the Rebellion were court-martialled and sentenced to death; and Kilmainham Gaol, where 14 men, including the seven signatories of the Proclamation, were executed in May 1916 for their role in the Rising.

With Easter and the centenary of the Rising just around the corner, we have had a look at what events will be taking place in DHR’s neighbourhood over the next few weeks and have compiled this list of exciting tours, talks and exhibitions:

  • ‘Remembering our Past’: This event will include a recitation of Amhrán na bhFiann and the raising of the Irish tricolour. There will also be a launch of a pop-up museum with projects and 1916 artefacts from the local area that have a specific emphasis on children of the revolution. It will take place at 11am on Monday, 14th March at CBS James’ Street. For more information on this event, click here.
  • ‘Women of the Rising’: The art exhibition ‘Taispeántas Ealaíne 1916 agus Mná an Éirí Amach’ will be held on Tuesday, 15th March at St James’ Primary School, Basin Lane. Collaborating with their parents and a local artist, students researched and produced a series of artworks based on 1916 and in particular the women involved in the Rising. The exhibition on 15th March is a culmination of this work. For more information on this event, click here.
  • ‘Francis Ledwidge – Poet of the Rising’: First World War poet Francis Ledwidge is credited with writing more poems related to the Easter Rising than any other poet. Sometimes known as the “poet of the blackbirds”, Ledwidge was killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I. This special evening will be devoted to Ledwidge’s poems, which will be read by guest poets from a variety of writers’ groups. The event will take place at 8pm on Monday, 21st March at The Patriots Inn, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
  • ‘Aisling Dreaming Again’: This is an integrated celebratory and commemorative programme with a focus on arts and heritage in the north Liberties area, around Sean Heuston’s Mendicity Institution garrison. Initiated by relatives of the combatants at ‘Heuston’s Fort’, this cultural programme will involve poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers and visual artists along with local historians, schools and creative institutions. The programme of events will take place from 25th March to 8th May at the Mendicity Institution, Island Street and surrounding north Liberties area. For more information, click here.
  • ‘The Rising in Dublin 8 – Taispeántas: An tÉirí Amach sna Saoirsí’: Exhibition of historical artefacts from 1916 relating to the Liberties’ participation in the Rising with a focus on South Dublin Union and Mendicity. The actual chalice and ciborium used by the leaders prior to their execution, along with weapons and uniforms, will be included in the exhibition. It will be open from 9am to 5pm from 1st April to 14th April, and from 23rd April to 7th May at the Parochial Hall & St James’ Church, James’ Street, Dublin 8. More information is available in the South Central 2016 Centenary Programme.
  • ‘Official Opening of Richmond Barracks’: Richmond Barracks will open its doors on 2nd May, the 100th anniversary of the first secret military court martial that sentenced Patrick Pearse, Tom Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh to death. More information is available in the South Central 2016 Centenary Programme.
  • ‘Athléiriú ar Chur chun Báis’: Re-enactment of the court martial and execution of Eamonn Ceannt, Con Colbert, Sean Heuston and Michael Mallin. This event will take place at 4pm on 8th May at Richmond Barracks and Kilmainham Gaol. More information is available in the South Central 2016 Centenary Programme.

The events listed above present a selection of activities taking place in Dublin 8 to commemorate the 1916 Rising. To find out more about events in the Liberties, Dublin 8 and the wider Dublin South Central area, visit  The Liberties’ Easter Rising website or download the South Central 2016 Centenary Programme here.

Featured image via LibertiesDublin.ie.

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