Proclaiming a Republic

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'Proclaiming a Republic: Ireland, 1916, and the National Collection' is a beautifully illustrated book that evolved from the National Museum of Ireland’s landmark exhibition, ‘Proclaiming a Republic: the 1916 Rising’, which ran until April 2020. Many of the exhibited objects had never been on public display before. Darragh Gannon’s expert contextualisation of the National Museum’s collection provides an opportunity to view the interesting artefacts from 1916 more closely and to appraise the Rising and the other momentous events of that year in a new light. With contirbutions by Sandra Heise, Brenda Malone and Pádraig Clancy, this book challenges the traditional ‘villains’ to ‘heroes’ narrative and the emphasis on the radicalising effect of the executions. It profiles the layers of public opinion during Easter Week and charts the broader response of nationalist Ireland to martial law. Generously illustrated, Proclaiming a Republic is a unique and compelling book that will remain essential to any assessment of 1916 for many years to come.