Irish Rail: 1916 Centenary Programme – Portraits And Lives Of Rising Leaders

Published on : Friday, May 27, 2016

irishrail_logoPortraits and Lives of Rising leaders to be brought to daily commuters, in partnership with Royal Irish Academy

 

We launched our 1916 commemoration programme at Pearse Station on Thursday 25th February.

 

In 1966, the State renamed fifteen stations on the rail network after the executed Leaders of 1916 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rising.

 

A further fifty years on, and to mark the centenary of the Rising, we have partnered with the Royal Irish Academy to enable daily commuters, tourists and visitors to learn more about the people whose names are celebrated in these stations.

 

Sixteen display panels were unveiled at Pearse, each of which will also go on display at the station named after each leader around the network (Pearse Station was named after both Padraig and William Pearse).

 

The displays feature a specially commissioned portrait of the leader by artist David Rooney and information about their lives, taken from the Royal Irish Academy’s “1916 – Portraits and Lives” publication. A QR code is included in each display so that customers can download the chapter of the book about that person for free.

 

Family members of the sixteen leaders, biographers who contributed to the book and children from 4th Class from the nearby City Quay School were also in attendance.

 

We also announced details of our other commemoration projects at the event, including:

 

Plans to bring the stories of the lives of all 42 major figures featured in the RIA’s “1916 – Portraits and Lives” publication to tens of thousands of daily commuters on the DART, with advertisement panels in the majority of the DART fleet.
We will also be running a network wide commemoration programme with an event to remember the life of each of the sixteen leaders planned for each station between April and July 2016.
A collaboration with the Irish Railway Records Society detailing the role of the railway in the events surrounding the 1916 Rising, now on display in Heuston Station.

 

 

Source:- Irish Rail

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