The 'strange rebirth' of Ireland after the Rising
Objects and symbols played a key role in the 'new' nationalist movement after 1916
One hundred years ago, on July 11, 1917, Eamon de Valera, the senior surviving commandant of the 1916 Rising, was declared victor in the East Clare by-election, defeating his opponent by 5,010 votes to 2,035.
De Valera emerged from the Ennis courthouse to a "tornado of cheers" from the crowd. Enthusiastic supporters waved autograph books, uniformed Volunteers chanted The Soldier's Song, while election campaigners marketed republican badges. Tricolour flags coloured the scene.
East Clare marked the third successive, and most significant, victory of Sinn Fein over the Irish Parliamentary Party since the Rising. How had Irish politics changed between 'Sinn Fein rebellion' and Sinn Fein election? Artefacts and objects present exciting new sources for understanding the emergence and expansion of this 'new' nationalist movement in 1917.