Despite the state commemoration of the Easter Rising being over, following the celebrations that took place over Easter weekend, there are still plenty of things you can do around Dublin to celebrate the events of Easter 1916.
Firstly, if tours and museums simply aren’t your thing then even taking a stroll around the city will enable you to take in some of its rich history. Waking past the GPO you will be able to see bullet holes in the columns which date back to Easter 1916. A short stroll then up to Arnotts department store and you will see the ‘Uniformity 16’ exhibit in the window of outfits inspired by stories of women from the Rising made by fashion students here in Griffith College.
If exhibitions and museums are your thing then here are some must-see events:
The General Post Office was at the centre of the fighting during the 1916 Rising, where the rebel leaders were based and where the Proclamation was read. The GPO has now opened an interactive and immersive exhibition which will focus on the 1916 rising, the aftermath of this rebellion and also how Ireland has developed since. Visitors to the attraction will experience the events from an eyewitness perspective of the participants on both sides and bystanders caught in the middle. The exhibit will be open Monday to Sunday from 9am – 5,30pm. Tickets cost €7.50 for students and €10 for adults.
The Revolution 1916 exhibition offers visitors the largest private collation of 1916 artefacts. Exhibits will include an original 1916 Proclamation, uniforms from the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and na Fianna, 1916 weapons including Howth Mausers, German Lugers, Peter the Painter C96 machine pistol, French Bayonets and the actual door handle of the G.P.O. from 1916. It is a self-guided exhibition which takes place over 2 floors, and includes a short documentary. The exhibition is open daily from 10am- 6pm (8pm Thursdays), tickets cost €12 for students and €15 for adults on weekdays and €18 on weekends.
A military style truck takes you around Dublin visiting the key locations of the 1916 Rising telling you the story of the conflict from both sides. The story also focuses on the ordinary citizens, workers in the streets of Dublin and business and how it affected them almost 100 years ago. The tour starts and ends at Merrion Square West and run from Wednesday to Sunday, expending to 7 days a week in September, and begins every two hours from 10am – 4pm. It is advised to book online before hand; tickets cost €16 for a student and €20 for an adult.
This walking tour takes around Dublin city centre visiting key sites involved in the Rising including the GPO, Moore street, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Liberty Hall, the Custom House. Each tour is guided by an expert historian and published author. Before the tour begins each participant is given a little introductory literature and a copy of the Proclamation and some photographs of the key figures upon arrival at the International Bar. The tour takes place daily, meeting at The International Bar on Wicklow Street at 11.30am Monday – Saturday and 1pm Sunday and lasts for about 2 hours taking the sights in at a leisurely pace. Tickets cost €13.
Glasnevin Cemetrey is located on the Northside of the city just a 20 minute bus ride from the city centre. As part of the 1916 celebrations Glasnevin cemetery is holding guided tours of the graves of those who died during the Rising. Along the tour you will visit the graves of Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon DeValera, Michael Collins, Harry Boland, Countess Markievicz and many more. Tours also include re-enactments of Patrick Pearse’s oration at the graveside of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa and a recollection of the surrender given by Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell. Tours cost €8 for students and €12 for adults.
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy all of these events as they are suitable for a range of people, from the history buffs to those who have little knowledge about our nation’s history. All of these events offer their visitors a different way of looking at and learning about what happened during April 1916. So if you enjoy learning about the events of 1916 why not visit all six events and make the most of this centenary year.
If you want to read more about the events you can experience to celebrate the 1916 Rising be sure to pick up a copy of 16|Sixteen magazine which will be available on Griffith College campus at the end of April.