Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion


Location: Rare Books & Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

Rare Books and Special Collections regularly presents exhibits of materials from its holdings in our Exhibit Room (102 Hesburgh Library, at the west end of the 1st floor concourse).

All exhibits are free and open to the public during our regular hours.

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Exhibit: February 12- April 28, 2016

The Easter Rising of 1916 was one of the most important events in Irish history. Though the rebellion lasted only six days, it led to the formation of an independent Irish State.

When most of the leaders were executed, sympathy for the rebellion spread throughout the world. The poem by W. B. Yeats, Easter, 1916, written in the aftermath, describes how a military failure carried out by unlikely people became transformative.

The Hesburgh Libraries Rare Books and Special Collections includes a rare copy of this poem, in addition to documents and books by and about the leaders of the Rising. The exhibit features items from our Easter Rising Ephemera collection, from our Irish Manuscript collection, and from our book and newspaper collections. In addition, material from the Notre Dame Archives helps us to see the international aspect of the Easter Rising.

This exhibit is curated by Aedín Clements (Irish Studies Librarian).


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Guided Tours

Every Wednesday at NOON

Every other Thursday at 5 pm (April 21)

Guided tours will be offered regularly by the Hesburgh Librarian Irish Studies Librarian, Aedín Clements. Tours will meet by the entrance to the Rare Books and Special Collections Department (102 Hesburgh Library, first floor). Reservations are not necessary. If you are planning to bring a group or would like to schedule a special tour, please email rarebook @ nd.edu or call 574-631-0290.


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