From Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December the annual Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project ‘Street Stories’ festival took place in a range of venues in and around Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Women after 1916: They didn’t go away’. It focused on the stories of women activists in the…

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On Saturday 11 November 2017 a new exhibition opened in the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, entitled Aftermath: The war landscapes of William Orpen. The Irish painter William Orpen (1878-1931) went to France as an official war artist, serving with the British Army.  Compelled to record what he saw, Orpen’s images show a mutilated…

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From 3 November to 10 December 2017 Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin, hosted an exhibition by the Irish Jesuit Archives, entitled ‘Jesuits Chaplains and Rathfarnham Castle in the First World War’. This exhibition tells the story of the Jesuits chaplains and Rathfarnham Castle in the First World War.  In 1913, the Jesuits purchased Rathfarnham Castle. During the war, it housed Jesuits who were…

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From Saturday 14 October to Sunday 3 December 2017 the Ulster Museum, Belfast, hosted Poppies: Weeping window by internationally acclaimed artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper under the auspices of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. The installation was at the Ulster Museum from 14 October to 3 December 2017, following a joint…

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On Friday 22 September a new exhibition entitled ‘Hunger Strike, 1877-1981’ opened to the public at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. This exhibition arose from a project entitled ‘Incarcerated bodies: hunger striking and internment, 1912-1923’, which was funded by the Irish Research Council, New Foundations, 2015, Strand 3 scheme, and a collaboration between the museum sector, involving…

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From Wednesday 6 September to Sunday 10 December 2017 the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, hosted an exhibition of 40 prints and drawings by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). It was an unprecedented opportunity for an Irish audience to discover this important artist who created almost 300 prints, around 20 sculptures…

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