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1916 signatories immortalised in new collection

Jane O'Faherty

Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30

Artist Robert Ballagh shows one of the 1916 commemorative medals at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Artist Robert Ballagh shows one of the 1916 commemorative medals at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

The signatories of the Irish Proclamation are to be immortalised in a new set of commemorative art medals.

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The 'Seven Signatories 1916' collection features seven bronze medals with portraits of the men.

The limited edition set was launched at a ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery after almost two years in the making.

The art medals were the creation of Lee Brothers Ltd, a Dublin-based company that has specialised in medals, badges and commemorative gifts since 1943.

Speaking at the launch, John Lee of Lee Brothers said he hoped the medals would be treasured and used in the 150th and 200th anniversaries of the Easter Rising.

"We have put a lot of work into doing these medals in a certain way, into making them what I hope is the best commemorative product that is out there at the moment," he said.

The portraits of the seven men were inspired by a series of charcoal drawings by Robert Ballagh, which were completed to mark the 80th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Mr Ballagh said: "I think we have to recognise that this was a truly golden generation in Irish history - the like of which we certainly haven't seen since, and perhaps even before."

Over 2,000 individual sets are now available to buy, and a donation will be made to the National Graves Association for each one sold.

It came as Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced a €3m funding package for over 2,000 events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Rising next year.

Irish Independent

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