Proclaiming a Republic: Ireland, 1916, and the National Collection, by Darragh Gannon
Proclaiming a Republic: 1916 and the National Collection is the beautifully illustrated book evolved from the National Museum of Ireland's landmark exhibition, 'Proclaiming a Republic: the 1916 Rising'.
Many of the exhibited objects had never been on public display before; their detail, such as that of James Connolly's blood-streaked undershirt, bring the world of Easter Week into real-time with startling clarity. Now this monumental experience can be enjoyed by readers in this meticulous and vivid companion.
This book provides an unprecedented opportunity to view these astounding artefacts from 1916 up close and appraise the experience of the Rising and the other momentous events of that year in a completely new light. All changed, changed utterly.
Gannon challenges the traditional 'villains' to 'heroes' narrative and the extreme emphasis on the radicalising effect of the executions, profiling the layers of public opinion during Easter Week and charting the broader response of nationalist Ireland to martial law.
Such marked critiques, of which there are many, are bolstered by the immediacy of hundreds of stunning illustrations, making Proclaiming a Republic a unique and compelling book that will remain essential to any assessment of 1916 for many years to come.