Monday 5 December 2016

Pearse's €1.5m surrender letter goes on display

Published 28/09/2016 | 02:30

Showing off the letter: Aline FitzGerald, general manager of GPO Witness History, with Stuart Cole, of Adams Fine Art Auctioneers, and actress Sarah Kinlen. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Showing off the letter: Aline FitzGerald, general manager of GPO Witness History, with Stuart Cole, of Adams Fine Art Auctioneers, and actress Sarah Kinlen. Photo: Peter Houlihan

A letter of surrender written by Patrick Pearse three days before his execution has been put on display in the GPO Witness History visitor centre until November 28.

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Pearse's letter was written from his cell in from Arbour Hill Prison on April 30, 1916.

In the letter, Pearse urged the rebels that were held up in the Four Courts to lay down their weapons "to prevent further slaughter". It is the first time the letter will be on display to the public.

The letter will be auctioned at the end of November and is expected to reach between €1 million to €1.5 million.

Visitors to the GPO Witness History Centre will be able to view the original letter and learn more about the circumstance surrounding it.

Speaking about the historical artefact, Stuart Cole, director of Adams Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers described it as "a unique part of Irish history".

Aline FitzGerald, the general manager of GPO Witness History said it was an honour to have the piece on display.

"It is our privilege and an honour to have the opportunity to display this document, never previously accessible to the public, and of such historic significance," he said.

Irish Independent

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