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Royal Hibernian Academy

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The Royal Hibernian Academy, more than any other cultural institution in Ireland, experienced the magnitude of the 1916 Rising. Academy House, the RHA’s original purpose-built building, was situated on Lower Abbey Street. On Thursday the 27th of April 1916, Academy House, most of its contents and the entire Annual Exhibition of that year were destroyed by fire during the Easter Rising.

The “27th of April Last” Exhibition will recall those events and the RHA’s subsequent history. Dr John Turpin will also present a talk about the burning of Academy House, while other lecture topics will include Jack B. Yeats, the womans’s story in art and revolution, Séan Keating’s Men of the West, and the fashion of the Revolutionary movement.

To commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising, the 186th RHA Annual exhibition will return to its original time of the year and will be open to the public, with two tours.

Photograph courtesy of RTÉ Archives.

“27th of April Last”

The RHA Gallery The Royal Hibernian Academy, more than any other cultural institution in Ireland experienced the magnitude of the 1916 Rising. Academy House,...



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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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