Sunday 24 September 2017

New 1916 exhibition on internet reaches out to diaspora

Jimmy Deenahan with Dr Natalie Harrower, Director of Digital Repository Ireland at the launch of Inspiring Ireland 1916 in the Royal Irish Acadamy in Dawson Street last night. Photo: Tony Gavin
Jimmy Deenahan with Dr Natalie Harrower, Director of Digital Repository Ireland at the launch of Inspiring Ireland 1916 in the Royal Irish Acadamy in Dawson Street last night. Photo: Tony Gavin

Martin Grant

It is hoped that a new online exhibition using photos, diaries and videos to tell the stories of the people and events of the Easter Rising will reach out to Irish people both at home and further afield.

It was launched by the Digital Repository of Ireland and the Inspiring Ireland project in Dublin's Royal Irish Academy last night.

Organisers hope that the exhibition will capture the imagination of the diaspora and attract a global audience to the 1916 commemorations.

The project features a range of artefacts, including witness testimonies of British soldiers and compensation claims from artists Jack B Years and Harry Clarke.

Diaspora Minister Jimmy Deenihan, who launched the exhibition, said the project "digitally preserves" the country's heritage.

Mr Deenihan continued: "Inspiring Ireland is a perfect platform for reaching out to our citizens abroad, our diaspora and Ireland's international friends in commemorating this key period in our history.

"We must not forget the important influence that the Irish diaspora had on events in Ireland 100 years ago.

"It is fitting that our global family of today are given the opportunity to participate in our 2016 commemorations."

Irish Independent

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