15th March - 31st October 2016
Istabraq Hall, Limerick City and County Council HQ, Merchant's Quay, Limerick
Limerick's role in the 1916 Easter Rising is told in They Dreamed and are Dead: Limerick 1916, a major exhibition and publication by Limerick Museum and Archives.
'They Dreamed and Are Dead' examines Limerick in 1916, from its deeply nationalist roots to its role as an industrial city. This is a year-long snapshot of a conflicted and complex city; a city where every man was either fighting in the trenches of the Somme and Salonika, or in the streets of Dublin city. The exhibition looks at life in 1916 in Limerick- its fashion, its education system, its favourite pasttimes, its housing system, its businesses- as well as the rise of nationalism, Cumann na mBan, the Irish League, the GAA, the Volunteers.
While direct military action did not occur in Limerick during Easter Week 1916, many of its sons and daughters fought and died on the streets of Dublin during the largest uprising against British rule since the 1798 Rebellion. Three of the rebel leaders Ned Daly, Con Colbert and Eamon de Valera were from Limerick with both Daly and Colbert being executed for their part in the uprising. Many other Limerick people fought in the Rising and their contribution is highlighted in the newly launched exhibition and book.
Amongst the objects being exhibited at Limerick City Hall are Irish Volunteer uniforms, weaponry and primary source documents, as well as a flag bearing the coat of arms of Limerick, which was in Roger Casement's possession when he was arrested in Kerry while attempting to smuggle guns from Germany into Ireland. Confiscated by the British authorities, it is now on loan from the Imperial War Museum and will be on public display for the first time in the exhibition.
A publication also entitled They Dreamed and are Dead: Limerick 1916 acts as a partner to the exhibition and is available to download and read in pdf format by clicking on the images below. This publication forms part of Limerick Museum and Archives programme commemorating the 1916 Rising.