Tipperary – Road to the Rising exhibition

Opening 23rd April 2016 – Jan 2017

In response to the 1916 Rising, Tipperary County Museum has created an interactive exhibition which outlines important dates in Irish history leading up to the Rising. A timeline of events and stories will assist our visitors to identify with the men of Tipperary and Ireland, who trained and were prepared to fight and lay down their life for Ireland’s freedom. A specially commissioned film will immerse our visitors in the sounds of gunfire, the smoke of destruction along with a cornucopia of strong images and artefacts in our new exhibition titled ‘Road to the Rising’.

Important items on display include:
• An Original Proclamation
• British Soldier’s tunic
• Irish Volunteer belt and membership cards
• Irish Citizen Army hat and pins
• Kathleen Clarke’s prison craft
• Frank Drohan’s colt revolver
• Thomas MacDonagh’s lapel badges
• Pierse McCan’s prayer book and waistcoat to name but a few artefacts on display…

Museum’s Community Engagement Programme
1916 Training Room: The new 1916 Training Room will encourage visitors and students to engage in a variety of exercises required to be a Volunteer during 1916 including: Printing Techniques, Target Practice, Uniform Assembly, Proclamation Readings and our first ever ‘Selfie Booth’ to record your training.
College Collaboration:
The Museum’s temporary gallery has been divided into two sections; the main part hosting the 1916 exhibition, while our community based area will rotate with 1916 inspired projects over eight months. The first exhibition will be LIT’s Colourisation Project where students from LIT have re-mastered contemporary Tipperary images from the period to create an accurate historical visual display.

Secondary School: CBS High School’s transition years have researched and developed a project themed on the Rising following a series of education workshops with Tipperary County Museum’s education department.

Lecture Series: The Museum’s lecture series ‘Debating 1916’ will be held in the Main Guard Clonmel from March – August 2016 and will continue on Thursday 7th April in the Main Guard with Gabriel Doherty UCC ‘Remembering O’ Donovan Rossa’, Wednesday 18th May will hear Kevin Myers discussing ‘The 1916 Rising – A century long disaster’, Wednesday 15th June Catherine Marshall will speak about ‘Commemorating the Heroes, Irish Art and the 1916 Rising’, Wednesday 13th July Brian Crowley OPW will speak on ‘Patrick Pearse, a revolutionary life’ and finally on Wednesday 17th August Michelle Drysdale Great Grand-daughter of Thomas MacDonagh will speak about being ‘Married to MacDonagh’. Booking is advisable as seating is limited to 100, contact Julia Walsh / Bernadette Corr on 076106 5564 / 0761 06 5552 to avoid disappointment.

Website: Additional information, images and links to other important websites will be available on our websitewww.tipperarycoco.ie/museum/1916 exhibition. The museum will also be using QRCodes within the exhibition; this will encourage active participation by using your smart phone to display information about artefacts within specific cases.

Booking Tours: To book school or group tours contact Julia on 0761 06 5564 for further details and availability. Tipperary – Road to the Rising exhibition is running until Jan 2017, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to get involved and be part of something historic during 2016.

Admission: Admission is free. Contact details are – Tipperary County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary at Tel: 0761 06 5552 or Email museum@tipperarycoco.ie Website: tipperarycoco.ie/museum

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