Proclaiming a Republic is the exquisitely illustrated book that evolved from the National Museum of Ireland’s landmark exhibition, ‘Proclaiming a Republic: the 1916 Rising’. Many of the exhibited objects have never been on public display before; their detail, such as that of James Connolly’s blood-streaked vest, brings the world of Easter Week 1916 to life with startling clarity.
The exhibition can now be enjoyed in this meticulous and vivid companion. Darragh Gannon’s expert contextualisation of the National Museum’s collection provides an unprecedented opportunity to view the artefacts up close and appraise the experience of the Easter Rising and other momentous events of that year in a completely new light. Building on his critical exploration of public opinion during the fighting and the broader response of nationalist Ireland to the executions, internment, and other developments of the time, Darragh Gannon provides a unique and comprehensive analysis of the Proclamation and the century of national commemorations that followed.
Proclaiming a Republic is a defining and compelling study that will remain the definitive account of the Easter Rising and 1916 for many years to come.