Lonely Planet Writer

Proclamation of independence goes on show in Dublin

One of the founding documents of Irish independence is going on full display for the first time.

Trinity College, Dublin.
Trinity College, Dublin. Image by Tim Sackton / CC BY-SA 2.0

The proclamation was posted on the wall of Dublin’s GPO in 1916 when rebels occupied the building. The building was subsequently retaken by British forces and the rising defeated, but the execution of its leaders helped swing Irish opinion in favour of radical republicanism, laying the seeds for Ireland’s partition in 1922. The document, which had been pasted over a WWI recruitment poster, was removed by a British officer and was acquired by Trinity College in 1970. It will be shown for the first time as part of an exhibition at the university commemorating the centenary of the Easter Rising. Read more: theguardian.com