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100 Years of Weddings


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Buswells Hotel, The Meeting Room

Irish Destinies – fifty years of trust in the Irish Nation – wedding photographs from the period 1916-1966 by Meath Wedding Project 2016. This exhibition consists of wedding photographs collected in County Meath, some framed and many others displayed digitally. It also celebrates the launch of the website and digital archive of these photographs.

The idea for the project originated with the members of a small Community Library group in Ballivor County Meath who wanted to link this small town, the people who live there, and the wider community in a celebration of these happiest of events. The collectors will be on hand to recount the stories behind the images.

The process of compiling the images for the exhibition forms part of the narrative of the project, as a county –wide initiative it has been facilitated by public media as people were urged to root through their family albums to find wedding photos of their parents grandparents and other relations, wherever the wedding took place, with the object of fostering relationships within the community as individuals discuss their heritage through the  photographs

The wedding photograph is a record of a new beginning in the lives of individuals, representing trust and commitment to each other and also to the New Ireland. A well as a visual record of the couple, the image contains an internal narrative demonstrating material culture in the Irish state as it changed and evolved across the decades through fashion and photographic style, giving evidence of the social, cultural mores of the State in the period the image derives from.

The collection has been created with the support of Meath County Council Commemoration 1916 and will be available to view throughout the summer in various locations in County Meath.

Photograph courtesy of  Jean Walker


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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