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Understanding 1916 - Approaching 2016

A special day of talks and debate at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History to mark the 96th anniversary of the Easter Rising

28th April 2012

How should Ireland commemorate and remember the 1916 Easter Rising in the future?

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, is holding a day of talks and discussion on Saturday 28th April to mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising, 1916.

The day will provide opportunities to discuss ways of commemorating the 1916 Rising in light of the approaching centenary. A diverse panel of commentators and historians, chaired by Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, will put forward ideas on how this key moment in Irish history might be marked.

Later in the day, Michael Kenny and Sandra Heise of the National Museum will talk about key documents in the Museum’s collection, including the Proclamation of Independence – see programme below for details.

All of the events are free. Places are limited and will operate on a first come, first served basis. All events will start promptly and visitors are asked to come early to avoid disappointment.

Admission is free to all exhibitions.

For further press information please contact:

Helen Beaumont, Education Officer, Education and Outreach Department, National Museum of Ireland

Tel. 01 6486 405, Mob. 087 2373192

Programme of Events

National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

Palatine Room

11.00 - 11.15am

Welcome and Introduction

11.15 - 11.45am

‘What to do with their lovely past?’ -The difficulties in commemorating the Easter Rising.

Speaker: Dr Roisín Higgins, Historian, Boston College, Dublin

11.45 - 12.15pm

Panel Discussion

Chair: Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, Queens University Belfast


Niamh O’Sullivan, Author and Historian

Stephen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary, An Post

Gerard Whelan, Author

Dr Brian Kirby, Archivist, Capuchin Provincial Archives, Dublin

12.15 - 12.30

The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A and an open discussion forum.

2.00 - 2.30pm

From Proclamation to commemoration: documents of the 1916 Rising

Speaker: Sandra Heise, Curator, National Museum of Ireland

Venue: ‘Understanding 1916’ Exhibition, Ground Floor

Places limited to 25.

2.45 - 3.15pm

Stories behind the 1916 Proclamation

Speaker: Michael Kenny, Historian and former NMI Curator

Venue: Palatine Room

This event is organised by:

The Education and Outreach Department

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7

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