1916: Tales from the Other Side

1916: Tales from the Other Side is an exhibition on display at Marsh’s Library, Dublin from March to December 2016.

The exhibition uses a unique archive of books, manuscripts and artefacts to trace how minority communities responded to the tumultuous events of the Irish revolution, 1916-1923.

Discover the Rising through the diaries of a middle-class teenager who travelled into Dublin on Easter Week. Follow a scholar as he crosses a city at war, and meet a student librarian, Richard FitzPatrick, as he joins the British Army in the aftermath of rebellion.  The exhibition introduces artists, librarians, cleaners and former revolutionaries, each negotiating aspects of their identity, and whose lives intersected with Marsh’s Library at a defining moment.

A 48-page catalogue is available, beautifully designed by Alan Costello, and features 35 colour images of items from the exhibition. The catalogue includes letters from Roger Casement, watercolours by Seán O’Casey, and ‘bullet books’, ancient texts which were machine-gunned during Easter Week and have never been repaired.

Catalogues cost €15 (including p+p) to Ireland and €20 (including p+p) to the rest of the world. To place an order, email keeper@marshlibrary.ie.  A special discounted price of €10 is available with entry to the Library.