Thursday, October 06, 2016

Mná 1916 exhibition in Kilcullen

A section of a touring exhibition on Mná 1916 — The Women of 1916 is on display in Kilcullen Town Hall from today, Thursday, until Tuesday evening, writes Brian Byrne.

Presented by Ireland 2016, the exhibition was first shown at Dublin Castle and is touring locations nationwide, telling the stories of 300 Irish women involved in the Rising.

There are 15 panels in Kilcullen, of some 60 panels for the whole exhibit.

The exhibition is curated by Irish author, historian and Easter Rising expert Sinead McCoole and is an admiring and proud look at the women involved in varying aspects of the Rising — from planning to fighting — and whose actions before, during and after the events of Easter week 1916 would go on to shape Irish life.

Enhanced by material from the Military Archives, the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland, as well as private collections, the exhibition offers a look at a remarkable variety of previously unseen items, from personal objects, images and documentation to newly digitised birth, death, marriage and census records.

On Saturday morning, Sinead McCoole will hold a special talk in Kilcullen Town Hall which focuses on the diversity of the women’s story. This is a seminar hosted by the County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups and is open to all. Registration begins at 11.30pm.

Lunch in Fallons afterwards is available for €10.