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Century-old original copy of Ireland’s Proclamation of Independence goes on display

One of the original copies of the Proclamation, pictured in 1916. Picture:
One of the original copies of the Proclamation, pictured in 1916. Picture:

AN ORIGINAL copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic that was posted on the wall of the General Post Office during the Easter Rising will go on display in Dublin.

The century-old document was signed by seven signatories and proclaimed Irish independence from Britain.

It is the centrepiece of a new exhibition in Trinity College Dublin which commemorates the Easter Rising, ahead of the centenary this April.

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The Proclamation, read out by Patrick Pearse at the Irish rebels headquarters at the GPO on O’Connell Street, is one of the most important historical documents in Ireland.

Only about 1,000 copies of the original Proclamation were printed; with just 50 left in existence today.

With the centenary of the Rising fast approaching, the Proclamation, also known as Poblacht na hÉireann, will be read out at some 2,300 schools across Ireland in March.

The exhibition, run by the university library’s Changed Utterly 1916 blog, will be on display from early March until the end of April in Trinity’s renowned Long Room.


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