- The history and development of the Gaol (did you know that when the East Wing of the Gaol was demolished in the 1840s it was replaced by a design by John McGurdy who was also responsible for an extension to the lavish Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin),
- The ordinary inmate in the prison (for the first forty years children were incarcerated alongside adults)
- The Gaol’s 1916 connection and legacy (the leaders were only taken there the night before their execution and they were actually imprisoned and tried in Richmond Barracks).
1916 Seminar in Dublin
Next Tuesday evening the parish church of St George & St Thomas, in Findlater Place, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin, will host a seminar on the 1916 Rising. The church, which was built in the 1930s, to an award winning design by Frederick Hicks, replaced St Thomas’s church in Marlborough Street which was badly fire damaged in 1922 and subsequently demolished. Following the closure of St George’s church in Hardwicke Place, in 1990 the church was re–dedicated to St George & St Thomas.
The seminar, which has been co–ordinated by Dr Susan Hood from the Representative Church Body Library, has been organized by the Irish Society for Archives in conjunction with An Post. Entitled ‘Hidden Pages from the 1916 Rising’ it will feature five short presentations on little known archival sources for the Rising. The seminar will be chaired by Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times.
The first speaker will be Colum O’Riordan from the Irish Architectural Archive on ‘Architectural Legacies of 1916’ followed by Ellen Murphy from Dublin City Library & Archive who will speak on ‘Reactions to the Easter Rising in the Monica Roberts Collection’. Moving beyond Dublin, Grainne Doran will consider events in Co. Wexford where she is the County Archivist. Padraig Allen will discuss the emergency medical response using the archives of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade and Stephen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary in An Post, will explore the experiences of the staff of the GPO during Easter Week. Following the addresses there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.
The seminar will begin at 6.45pm with refreshments from 6pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.