Jewellers craft limited edition 1916 Rising pin

Published 18/08/2015 | 00:00

The 1916 pin designed and made by the Martins.
The 1916 pin designed and made by the Martins.
Brian Martin in the workshop.

A Wexford jewellers is to launch a limited edition 1916 Rising Commemoration Pin and an updated 'Wexford ring'.

Kevin and Brian Martin, from Martin's Jewellers, in Rowe Street, are crafting 16 gold pins, 916 in silver and appropriately 1,916 in base metal. The design incorporates symbols of the Rising including the bow of the gun-running ship Asgard, and a Mauser 1871 rifle set against the burning General Post Office in Dublin.

'1916 is such a big year and many people haven't clicked into it yet,' said Kevin, 'we wanted to do something a little bit different.'

Kevin said pin and the new version of the Wexford ring, which will also include symbols of the Rising, will be launched by Mayor Cllr Ger Carthy on Saturday (August 22) at the jewellery premises.

He said that to get the correct level of detailing in the pin, a special dye had been fabricated of a standard used for coins and medals which would be broken up as soon as all the pins were made.

Kevin said there was a little known Wexford connection with the siege of the Dublin GPO by the British in which it was shelled by a gunboat HMS Helga. In 1923, the Helga was renamed the Muirchu and taken over by the new Irish Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, followed by the Marine and Coastwatching Service in 1939. After being retired, the vessel sank off Tuskar on May 8, 1947 while en route to Dublin to be broken up

The pins will cost €15, €69.90 and €475 according to the metal being used and each will be numbered.

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