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Mná 1916: Women 1916

November 201629th- 08th

Nenagh Civic OfficesCommunity, Arts, Education

Mná 1916: Women 1916

This centenary year, Ireland 2016 presents Mná 1916: Women 1916, a very special exhibition telling the stories of 300 of Ireland’s mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives involved in the Rising. The exhibition which opened in the Coach House at Dublin Castle in April and has toured to different locations nationwide. It will be hosted in the Nenagh Civic Offices from November 29 to 8 December 2016 (9.30-4.30 Mon-Friday).

Visitors from each county can explore this remarkable variety of previously unseen items, from personal objects, images and documentation, to newly digitised birth, death, marriage and census records from private and public collections.

Learn how members of Cumann na mBan mobilised to support the Volunteers, arriving in Dublin from places such as Glasgow, London, and Liverpool. Hear the story of music teacher Annie Higgins, dispatched from the GPO with a message for rebels in the North but arrested along her way, the note confiscated, its contents never revealed. View previously unseen images of key female characters, on generous loan from the vast artifact collection of Sorcha MacMahon.

Mná 1916 – Women 1916 is lovingly curated by Sinead McCoole, an author and historian whose collaborations and expertise in many areas of Irish civil history, including the Rising, have been received with acclaim both at home and abroad. Enhanced by material from the Military Archives, the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland, it’s a loving and fitting tribute to the resilience and ability of those previous considered the ‘fairer’ sex.

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