On Monday 5 November 2018 a new exhibition entitled ‘The Peace at Home? Dublin after the First World War’ opened at Dublin City Library and Archive (DCLA) 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War in November 1918.
Using the rich vein of archival materials contained in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive held at DCLA, and drawing on other Irish repositories, the exhibition explores the situation facing the estimated 100,000 Irish men and women who returned to a radically changed Ireland after the First World War. Speaking about the exhibition the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, remarked that ‘he Irish Soldiers who came home from First World War found a changed Ireland, where nationalism was in the ascendant. This exhibition describes the reaction of the public to them and how they reacted to the new Ireland which awaited them’.
Members of the public are encouraged to contact DCLA @dclareadingroom using #thepeaceathome if they have stories to tell of their own relatives during and after the First World War or want to enquire about anything in the exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display at Dublin City Library and Archive until Friday 21 December. Opening hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm & Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm.
From History Ireland: Padraig Yeates on Dublin during the First World War.