On 23 April Joe Duffy launched a recently launched a new exhibition at Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, entitled ‘1916: Tales from the other side’, which will run until December 2016. This exhibition traces how minority communities responded to the tumultuous events of the Irish revolution, 1916-1923. The exhibition focuses especially on stories from Irish Protestant and Jewish communities.The exhibition introduces artists, librarians, cleaners and former revolutionaries, each negotiating aspects of their identity, and whose lives intersected with Marsh’s Library at a defining moment.
Among the unusual pieces on display, the exhibition includes ‘bullet books’: ancient texts which were shot during Easter Week and have never been repaired. It also features letters from Roger Casement, and rare watercolours by Seán O’Casey.
The exhibition is free with admission to the library (€3/€2). No charge for children under 16, or for school and college groups. Those in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit are also admitted free. No booking necessary.
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am to 5.00pm; Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays.
From History Ireland: Jason McElligott on Marsh’s Library and the Irish Revolution.