Tuesday 25 July 2017

Joe Coyle: Finding inspiration in the names of the 485 men, women and children who died

Designer Joe Coyle with his 1916 artwork. His design features the names of the 485 people from both sides of the conflict who died in the Easter Rising. The list of names was first published by the Glasnevin Trust last year. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Designer Joe Coyle with his 1916 artwork. His design features the names of the 485 people from both sides of the conflict who died in the Easter Rising. The list of names was first published by the Glasnevin Trust last year. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Joe Coyle

Take a bow, Ireland 2016. The State body set up to oversee the 1916 commemorations has judged this year's anniversary events perfectly so far, and its message - Remember, Reflect, Reimagine - was inspired. Politicians have mostly sat on the back benches, and the people and their stories are taking centre stage.

Proclamation Day on March 15 was a real highlight. Our children read aloud the words of the seven signatories, wrote their own proclamations and raised our national flag. In doing so, our children reclaimed our tricolour - a sign that we are a modern, confident country. Proclamation Day was a triumph.

For my small part, I was honoured that the 1916 image, which incorporates the names of those who died - and was originally designed for the 'Irish Independent 1916 Collection' of magazines - was yesterday used in the State Commemoration booklet given to the 6,000 invited guests at the GPO.

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