Stored inside a large metal container were numerous letters and postcards written by Éamonn, while in Wakefield Jail, Frongoch prison camp and Mountjoy Jail. The treasure trove of historical material included autograph books containing the names of many of his fellow prisoners, as well as letters from his two sisters, Úna and Treása Ní Mhodhráin, who lived in Dublin during the period of the Rising and were members of Cumann na mBan.
The majority of the documents will be on display for the first time. Some of the unique items will include a damaged fob watch, a set of bagpipes, a handmade Celtic brooch engraved with “Mountjoy Jail EOM”, a slightly moth-eaten cloth badge with the prisoner number A356 stamped on it, and a knife, fork and spoon wrapped in paper stating, “Used by E. Ó Modhráin in Wakefield Prison, 1916.”
The exhibition was opened on the 28th of February 2016 by the Mayor of Co. Kildare, and continued until the 18th March 2016 in the McKenna Gallery of the Riverbank Arts centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Exhibition on Tour
Following the Riverbank showing, the exhibition will travel around the library network until the end of 2016 as follows:
Kildare Library 4 April to 23 April 2016
Leixlip Library 3 May 2016 to 21 May 2016
Athy Library 13 June 2016 to 2 July 2016
Naas Library 2 August 2016 to 20 August 2016
Celbridge Library 5 September 2016 to 24 September 2016
Maynooth Library 3 October 2016 to 22 October 2016
Newbridge Library 1 November 2016 to 19 November 2016
The Kildare Decade of Commemorations Programme 1916-2016 features over 100 unique projects. It is full of exciting themes, events and community led activities such as concerts, school pageants, book launches, drama, musical and dance performances, art exhibitions, lectures and seminars.