While you are at the Irish Famine Summer School we hope you will take the opportunity to visit our wonderful display of objects relating to the Irish revolutionary period. The exhibition was brought together in partnership with Strokestown Community Development Association and many local people have lent objects or made us aware of objects that help to tell the story of the Irish Revolution as it relates to Strokestown. 6 objects will be on display in the house, one in the library and one in the Hub Community Cafe. We are asking visitors to think about each object as it relates to a development on the road to Ireland’s independence and to vote for which they think was most significant to the success of the Irish Revolution.
The exhibition includes an original Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a letter from Michael Collins to Thomas Ashe, a Cumann na mBan jacket that belonged to a local activist, an ad for a Prisoners of War concert to happen in Strokestown on the 27th April 1916, a 1918 motorbike, a felling saw and gun used in local ambushes, and an autograph book with signatures from the Second Dail cabinet.
The ‘8 Independent Objects of the Irish Revolution’ exhibition will run from 28th March 2016 to the 30 September 2016 and a tour of the exhibition will be included as part of the Irish Famine Summer School.