Sunday 4 December 2016

'1916 in your attic' to feature original GPO edict

Daire Whelan

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

Graffiti protesting at the redevelopment of 16 Moore Street in Dublin, from where the 1916 rebels surrendered, depicting Pádraig
Pearse and two construction workers. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Graffiti protesting at the redevelopment of 16 Moore Street in Dublin, from where the 1916 rebels surrendered, depicting Pádraig Pearse and two construction workers. Photo: RollingNews.ie

An original Proclamation from the Easter Rising in 1916 will be on show at a unique Irish Independent reader event this weekend.

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In partnership with Whyte's auctioneers, the '1916 in your attic' event is an opportunity to see rare items from the Easter Rising in an intimate exhibition.

Also on show will be Joseph Plunkett's posthumously awarded medal - the last of the 1916 leaders' medals to be discovered.

Its whereabouts had been unknown since its presentation to his wife, Grace Gifford in 1941, but it resurfaced in recent months.

In addition, there will be Pádraig Pearse's newsletter War News No.1, letters and autographs from the leaders including Pearse, Connolly and MacDonagh, and a collection of newspapers published during the Rising.

There will be photographs and picture postcards of the fighting and aftermath, as well as weapons and militaria from the period.

Plus, we are inviting readers to bring in any 1916-related memorabilia as Ian Whyte and his team of experts will be on hand to give instant - and free - valuations on the day.

If you've got items from that period lying dusty and hidden under the bed, in drawers or up in the attic, this Sunday is the perfect chance to get expert advice as to their potential value and worth.

Prices for items from the Easter Rising are now reaching peak rates once again including a Proclamation sold last year for €400,000.

"There will be something for everyone," says Ian Whyte.

"People will get to see these items up close - almost like holding history in your hands. It's something to enjoy for family and kids whilst also learning about such an important part of our history."

Irish Independent & Whytes' '1916 in the Attic' event with free admission runs from 11am-4pm this Sunday, January 31, at the Gresham Hotel, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.

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