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National Library of Ireland

The National Library will host an eclectic offering of exhibitions, readings, genealogy advice, talks and music based around the year that was 1916.

Explore the lives of the 7 signatories of the Proclamation in a Front Hall exhibition, or listen to readings from WB Yeats in the Reading Room, where so many of the figures of the period researched and worked. Find out where your ancestors were in the year of the Rising from expert genealogists, or book into talks on the personal testimonies of 1916,  eyewitness diaries and what it said in the papers that week, and after.

Please Note:

National Library of Ireland’s Genealogy Room is not wheelchair accessible.

Photograph of  The National Library of Ireland courtesy of RTÉ Archives.

7 Signatories Exhibitions

National Library of Ireland: Front Hall 7 Signatories of the Proclamation against a backdrop of music from the period. Photograph courtesy of the RTÉ Archives

11:00 - 18:00

WB Yeats Readings

Reading Room Readings from WB Yeats in the magnificent Reading Room where so many of the figure of the period researched and worked. Photograph...

11:00 - 18:00


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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