DIT Aungier Street

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Just a few minutes stroll from St Stephen’s Green is Dublin Institute of Technology Aungier Street, built on the site of the old Jacobs Biscuit factory.  All but a few of the factory’s 3,000 workers were on holiday on Easter Monday, 1916, when it was taken over and occupied by the second battalion of the Irish Volunteers.  This garrison was led by Thomas McDonagh, John McBride and Michael O’Hanrahan, while Abbey actress Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh headed its  contingent from Cumann na mBan.

Jacob’s was chosen as a location for the rebellion due to its proximity to Portobello Barracks and because panoramic views from its two towers made them ideal for snipers, and as lookout  points. The garrison also had several outposts spread out along adjacent roads and junctions, including Camden Street and Wexford Street.

After initial skirmishes with the British army, the battalion played only a small role in the week’s fighting. However, they did provide vital support for nearby garrisons by distributing supplies (including flour, cakes and cream crackers), ammunition and manpower. The Jacob’s battalion was one of the last to reluctantly surrender on Sunday, April 30th.

A Requiem for 1916 especially composed by Odhrán Ó Casaide will be performed in the College courtyard by the students of the Conservatory of Music and Drama. A stone from the Jacob’s factory is embedded in a wall here and descendants of the factory workers will be among the audience. 

Talks throughout the day will commemorate and reflect on events specific to the Jacob’s Garrison, as well as to key individuals associated with the occupation of Jacob’s factory.   There will also be a vast range of talks on other aspects of the Rising, and a dedicated Children’s Zone with workshops and even a 1916 Family Quiz and sing-song.

 

Photograph of  DIT courtesy of Dublin Institute of Technology.

Blood Upon the Rose

DIT Level 2: Room 2-023 Interactive illustrated talk with Gerry Hunt, acclaimed historical graphic novelist, exploring the history and development of graphic novels. Suitable for...

11:00 - 12:00
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A Terrible Beauty is Born…

DIT, Room G-018 MacDonagh and MacBride…Maire Ni Shiulbhaigh, Michael O’Hanrahan, Peadar Kearney. This paper tells the story of Easter Week 1916 at the Jacob’s...

14:00 - 14:30

Walls Do Talk

DIT, Room G-020 A description of what happened during the Easter rising in the buildings and surrounding areas used by the Dublin Institute of...

16:00 - 16:30
SOLD OUT

A Terrible Beauty is Born…

DIT, Room G-021 MacDonagh and MacBride…Maire Ni Shiulbhaigh, Michael O’Hanrahan, Peadar Kearney. This paper tells the story of Easter Week 1916 at the Jacob’s...

16:30 - 17:00

Walls Do Talk

DIT, Room G-020 A description of what happened during the Easter rising in the buildings and surrounding areas used by the Dublin Institute of...

17:00 - 17:30

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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, www.irishmusik.com

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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