On Thursday 4 February 2016 Councillor Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach of County Galway, launched Towards revolution: commemorative postcards from the archives at 6pm in the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portuman. The small selection of items which are presented in postcard form, are drawn from several collections held by Galway County Council Archives. They illustrate the lead up to, and consequences of, the events of Easter 1916. A summary chronology of events in County Galway during Easter week is also included. The launch is an open event and all are welcome. The launch wasfollowed by a screening of two films in the Cinemobile: George Morrison’s Mise Éire, followed by the short film, Easter 1916: the blood upon the rose, produced by transition year students from the Mercy College, Woodford.
Galway County Council Archivist, Patria McWalter, said that ‘we hope the postcards illustrate, in some small way, the complexity of Galway’s stance prior to and after Easter Week 1916. We also hope that they highlight the importance of preserving our archives properly, so that present and future generations have the sources available to ensure a balanced view of history can be presented’.