PRE­CIOUS OB­JECTS SHARED

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HER­ITAGE and his­tory were the order of the day at County Build­ings last Tues­day as Wick­low County Coun­cil hosted its 1916 Pub­lic Col­lec­tion Day as part of its 1916 com­mem­o­ra­tion pro­gramme.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic brought along a di­verse se­lec­tion of items, rang­ing from weaponry and other mil­i­tary garb to in­tensely pri­vate fam­ily doc­u­ments, let­ters, pho­tographs and pa­pers. Over­all, ap­prox­i­mately 40 items were pre­sented by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

The vast ma­jor­ity were fam­ily items which had been passed down through the years. A num­ber of very per­sonal items were shared on the day, such as the prison is­sue socks and belt and a prayer book, signed by the owner, a mem­ber of the Ir­ish Vol­un­teers, used dur­ing his in­car­cer­a­tion in Dart­moor prison fol­low­ing his in­volve­ment in the Ris­ing.

Other items re­late to ev­ery­day life of the pe­riod such as the hand­writ­ten note­book of recipes com­piled by a young lady; a danc­ing cos­tume hand­made from Ir­ish linen, com­plete with brass but­tons marked with the in­signia of the Ir­ish Vol­un­teers, which was orig­i­nally made by a lady in Rath­drum and helped the owner dance her way to suc­cess in many com­pe­ti­tions in the early 1900s.

A fi­nal ex­am­ple of the range of ob­jects brought along on the day were a num­ber of ri­fles which had been landed in Kil­coole in 1914 and kept in the lo­cal­ity un­til their use in 1916 and the War of In­de­pen­dence.

All of th­ese items have now been dig­i­tized and fully doc­u­mented, and will con­trib­ute greatly to the county’s archival col­lec­tion.

Wick­low is one of the few coun­ties to host an on­line com­mu­nity her­itage archive, ‘Our Wick­low Her­itage’ which will be­come a de­pos­i­tory in the com­ing weeks for shar­ing this in­for­ma­tion to the wider pub­lic in Ire­land and abroad, see www.coun­ty­wick­lowher­itage.org.

The event also saw great par­tic­i­pa­tion by his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties and groups from Bray, Round­wood, Grey­stones, Wick­low and Hol­ly­wood and talks given by lo­cal ex­perts, in­clud­ing Bren­dan Flynn, Stan O’Reilly, Ben Fa­gan and Brian White, along with the young mu­si­cians from Wick­low Comhal­tas and all the oth­ers who freely gave up their time.

Mil­i­tary his­to­rian Bren­dan Flynn with Gail Dunne and some of his fam­ily medals.

Marie Tutty and Lucy Mooney from the Hol­ly­wood Fair.

Dy­lan and Abby O’Sul­li­van with Stan O’Reilly at the Wick­low His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety stand at County Build­ings.

Brian White and May Harte from Bray Cualann His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Vic­tor Ed­monds from Grey­stones, whose grand­fa­ther’s step-brother, Al­fred Blinco, was in­volved in the Ris­ing in the South Dublin Union.

Derek Neil­son and Joe Tim­mons from Round­wood and Dis­trict His­tor­i­calSo­ci­ety.

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