Exhibitions

11 November 2017-11 February 2018: ‘Aftermath: The war landscapes of William Orpen’, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2

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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3 Nov-10 Dec 2017: ‘Jesuit Chaplains and Rathfarnham Castle in the First World War’, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin 14

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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14 October-3 December 2017: ‘Poppies: Weeping window’, Ulster Museum, Belfast

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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22 September 2017-31 January 2018: ‘Hunger Strike, 1877-1981’ exhibition, Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin 8

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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6 September-10 December 2017: ‘Käthe Kollwitz : Life, death and war’, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2

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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1 June 2017: opening of new exhibition in National Museum of Ireland: ‘War in the mud: The Irish soldier in Belgium in the summer of 1917’.

On Thursday 1 June 2017 the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and Historyopened a new Battle of Messines exhibition in its Decade of Centenaries gallery. The exhibition, entitled ‘War in the mud: the Irish soldier in Flanders, 1917’, surveys what happened to the Irish soldier in 1917 on the Western Front. In 1917,…

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12-14 May 2017: Knocklong History Weekend, Knocklong, Co. Limerick

From Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May the 2017 Knocklong History Weekend took place in Knocklong, Co. Limerick. The rescue of the Tipperary IRA Volunteer Seán Hogan at Knocklong on 13 May 1919 was a sequel to the Soloheadbeg ambush, generally recognised as the first engagement in the Irish War of Independence. Hogan had participated in…

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