A rare look at Wexford in revolt
THERE will be a rare glimpse of revolutionary Wexford following the annual meeting of the Wexford Historical Society in St. Michael's Centre, Green Street, Wexford, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17.
Following the AGM, a lecture will be delivered by Grainne Doran Archivist with Wexford County Council, entitled 'Revolutionary Wexford - a glimpse into the 1916 period in the county through extant documents and artefacts in Wexford County Archive'.
The 1916 Rising in County Wexford, and in Enniscorthy in particular was the most significant event outside of Dublin. Enniscorthy was the only location outside of Dublin to raise the tricolour, and the last location in the country to surrender. The county can also boast the survival of a battalion flag and of an original Irish Volunteer tunic.
A slideshow of images featuring a selection of documents, photographs and artefacts from the county archive's 1916 collection will be shown as part of the lecture. A significant element of the collection is centred on the aftermath of the surrender on 1 May 1916 and the subsequent arrests and internment of the rebels.
Some of the handwritten letters from prisoners writing home to their loved ones will be showcased, as will a selection of prison craftwork ranging from pieces of macramé to elaborately designed bone crosses and bone carvings.
The collection helps to document the memorable contribution to Ireland's struggle for national independence that the ordinary men and women of County Wexford made, many of whom otherwise would have gone undocumented. It is of historical interest to a diverse audience ranging from the academic to the local historian, and from the family history researcher to the student. Many of the artefacts will feature in a new multimedia 1916 exhibition which will open in the Athenaeum, Enniscorthy, on April 27.