Thursday, February 25, 2016

Éamonn Ó Modhráin exhibition

An exhibition on the Co Kildare 1916 revolutionary Éamonn Ó Modhráin will be opened on Sunday next 28 February in the Riverbank Centre, Newbridge.

The event begins at 6pm, and the official opening will be carried out by the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Brendan Weld.

The exhibition runs until 18 March, and includes a variety of materials discovered in 2010 by family member Robert Doyle while clearing out an attic in Athgarvan.

Éamonn Ó Modhráin (1881-1954) was a prominent nationalist and republican in Kildare during the early years of the 20th century. He was active in the Gaelic League, was arrested and imprisoned in 1916 and prominent in the War of Independence and Civil War.

Stored inside a large metal container were numerous letters and postcards written while he was in Wakefield Jail, Frongoch prison camp and Mountjoy Jail. There were autograph books containing the names of many of his fellow prisoners, as well as letters from his two sisters, Úna and Treása Ní Mhodhráin, who lived in Dublin during the period of the Rising and were members of Cumann na mBan.

The majority of the documents will be on display for the first time. They include a damaged fob watch, a set of bagpipes, a handmade Celtic brooch engraved with 'Mountjoy Jail EOM', a slightly moth-eaten cloth badge with the prisoner number A356 stamped on it, and a knife, fork and spoon wrapped in paper stating, 'Used by E. Ó Modhráin in Wakefield Prison, 1916'.

The launch will be followed by a question and answer session with Co Kildare historian-in-residence James Durney, and Robert Doyle, historian and curator of the Ó Modhráin collection.

This event is supported by the Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations Committee.

Book a free ticket to attend the launch event at or phone 045 448327.