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Exhibition Comes to Tullamore

Published: 7th March 2016

‘Óglaigh na hÉireann 1913-1918 The Irish Volunteers’ exhibition will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March in the former Kilroy’s Shop on High Street, Tullamore.

The Irish Volunteers was founded in 1913 to safeguard British promises of Home Rule. On 19th April 1914, a group of Irish Volunteers assembled in Tullamore and marched to the courthouse to hear speeches by Thomas Kettle, a barrister and Sir Roger Casement, a human rights activist. A branch of Cumann na mBan, the female wing of the Irish Volunteers was also established in Tullamore in 1915. 

ON DISPLAY WILL BE MEDALS,UNIFORMS ,DOCUMENTS AND MANY MORE ITEMS FROM THE PERIOD and members of the Irish Volunteers Organisations will be on hand to answer any questions from the general public.

The Irish Volunteers exhibition was developed by the Military Archives in 2013 to commemorate the establishment of the Volunteers. Now as part of Offaly’s 2016 centenary programme of events, it is available to the public to view over the two days from 11am to 5pm daily. The bi-lingual exhibition charts the history of the Irish Volunteers from 1913-1918 and highlights the archives now held, which are particularly significant to this period in our nation’s history. It is designed chronologically and focuses on certain aspects and events that occurred each year, commencing in 1913. The exhibition concludes in 1918 at the point when the First Dáil had been established and thus commenced the transfer of military authority from the Irish Volunteer Executive to the First Dáil.

Members of the public are welcome to avail of the opportunity to view this wonderful exhibition on the Irish Volunteers on Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th March (between 11am and 5pm). Admission is free.

We look forward to seeing you all there. http://irishvolunteers.org

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