Unfortunately we have had to postpone our walking tour of Hidden Dublin scheduled for next Tuesday 1st November. Instead, we plan on visiting two exhibitions, one in the National Gallery of Ireland and the second in the Pro-Cathedral.
We will meet in the lobby of the National Gallery of Ireland on Clare Street at 11am. The Gallery has a café so if you wish, you can get there a bit earlier and have a tea/coffee before our visit starts.
Our regular walk leader, Frank Tracy, will give us a guided outline of the exhibitions at both venues. When we finish in the NGI, its about a 15 minute walk to the Pro-Cathedral. Alternatively, you can take the 46A bus from outside the Gallery to O’Connell Street and walk to the nearby Pro-Cathedral.
Creating History Exhibition – National Gallery of Ireland
For this exhibition the National Gallery searched for notable paintings depicting key events in Irish history. It tracked down about 100 paintings from which it selected 50. These 50 paintings from galleries and private collections throughout the world are now on display in the Gallery. The events depicted include: the arrival of Christianity, the Vikings, the Anglo-Normans, the Battle of Kinsale, the landing of William of Orange, the Battle of the Boyne, James II departing Ireland, Arrival and Departure of George IV, The Famine, Emigration, Arrival and Departure of George IV, Arrival of Queen Victoria, World War I, 1916 Rising, War of Independence, Death and funeral of Michael Collins, and many others. It is an extremely interesting exhibition and it is most unlikely that this particular collection of paintings will ever again be in the same place at the same time.
Ministry, Advocacy & Compassion – St Kevin’s Chapel Pro-Cathedral
This exhibition recounts the work undertaken by Catholic clergy during the 1916 Rising. Many original documents are on display for the first time. Included are correspondence between General Maxwell the British commander and the Archbishop of Dublin; original written accounts by the Capuchin friars who ministered to the leaders in their final hours before execution; accounts of bravery by local priests who ministered on the streets to the dead and dying; accounts of the emergency hospitals and food centres set up by local convents. The exhibition is very professionally displayed and the Pro-Cathedral itself is an interesting historic building.
If you would like to join us for this event, you can sign up on the website below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.