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The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Society

 100th Anniversary Exhibition,

Wynn's Hotel, Dublin, Saturday 28 September, 2013

The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Society hosted an exhibition and display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers in Wynn's Hotel, Dublin, on September 28, 2013. 

This was a similar exhibition to that held in Charleville during the Mannix weekend. However, the added  significance here was that the Irish Volunteers had been founded in the hotel 100 years ago. To mark the occasion a special reproduction of the Proclamation

of the Irish Republic was presented to the manager of Wynns Hotel, and below are photos of this. 

The exhibition was open all day, and the small subscription at the door of €5 helped defray the costs. When Kilmainham Tales arrived in the afternoon there was a large crowd in attendance and we experienced

some difficulty in taking good photos. However, we managed to get the photos below which show just some of those in attendance. There are many familiar faces among the attendees - historians & politicians.

There was a fantastic range of artifacts on display and even the few hours we spent there was not enough to see everything in the detail we wished.

We await their next exhibition and hope that, soon, they may get a permanent exhibition space for this marvellous collection

On display were guns, documents, flags, uniforms,

badges, membership lists ... you name it, it was here.

In addition, there was a fine collection of material from the wonderful Roddy McCorley museum, including some Thompson sub-machine guns, which proved very popular with the visitors, as can be seen in some of the photos above. (P.S. Spot the historians/authors posing with Thompsons!)

A highlight of this year's exhibition was the talk by renowned author and publisher Ray Bateson. Ray's new book "Memorials of the Easter Rising" has just been published (and was on sale at a 20 discount on the day).

His talk was based on that book, and he illustrated it with several photos of memorials to the Irish Volunteers around the world.

This was a fascinating talk that deserves a wider audience, and we hope Ray will 'take it on the road' in the near future.

Certainly, the audience appreciated it, and we will carry a review of this excellent book soon. It adds, of course, to the excellent series of books Ray has written and published in recent years. More details here: http://www.therisingdead.com/

On  November 16, 2013 the Irish Volunteer Commemoration Society  held an exhibition in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers.

In the afternoon they attended a ceremony in the Garden of remembrance, organised this was by an Irish language group based in Dublin.

995559_3584743553673_84769089_nThat evening in the Rotunda Aengus O Snodaigh TD launched his book “The Rotunda,Birthplace of the Irish Volunteers”.

There was a large crowd in attendance at all these events as can be seen here (search the site, as the original has been moved)

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