Wednesday 21 February 2018

Inside Anglo's vaults -- the first look

The Anglo sign to go on display at Collins Barracks. Photo: TV3
The Anglo sign to go on display at Collins Barracks. Photo: TV3
The Anglo vault. Photo: TV3
The Anglo vault. Photo: TV3
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE institution itself is moribund so it's only fitting that the Anglo Irish Bank sign which once graced its Dublin headquarters is now a museum exhibit.

The sign has lain in the bank's vault since it was dismantled over a year ago.

TV3's 'The 5:30' was given access to the vault to witness the handover. While it no longer holds any money and all its safety deposit boxes are empty, boxes of old files and artwork are still locked inside.

Now the nation is being asked whether the signage is worthy of inclusion in a list of 100 objects which tell the history of Ireland.

Raghnall O Floinn, head of collections at the National Museum of Ireland, said he had no idea how visitors would react when it goes on public viewing at Collins Barracks today.

Competition

"It's unknown territory as to what people will think but it will be interesting to see their reaction," he said.

The museum polled members of the public to draw up a shortlist of 10 objects reflecting modern Ireland -- one of which will join the 99 objects already selected for inclusion in the top 100.

The Anglo sign, with its connotations of wealth and greed, is in competition with items marking more positive moments in recent Irish history, such as a pair of boxing gloves belonging to Katie Taylor.

The public can vote online at 100objects.ie or can pass their verdict in person at Collins Barracks.

Irish Independent

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