Political memorabilia exhibition opens in Dublin

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The collection is chiefly drawn from materials collected by Alan Kinsella
The collection is chiefly drawn from materials collected by Alan Kinsella
The exhibition documents the parties and personalities that changed Irish political, social and economic life
The exhibition documents the parties and personalities that changed Irish political, social and economic life

A vast collection of political memorabilia has been opened at the National Print Museum in Dublin.

Anoraks from all shades of the political spectrum will be able to enjoy numerous aspects of the political experience, from ballot paper to final outcome.

The collection is chiefly drawn from the man behind the popular Irish Election Literature blog, Alan Kinsella, and materials from the Irish Left Archive.

Mr Kinsella first started collecting material as a schoolboy in 1982, and 32 years later he boasts an 8,000-piece collection of political curiosities.

The exhibition documents the parties and personalities that changed Irish political, social and economic life.

It aims to show how seemingly insignificant materials achieve significant meaning and value beyond their basic use.

'What you maybe meant to keep' is free to enter and will run until 27 May.

There will also be a lecture series with its curators in April and May.

View examples of the memorabilia on RTÉ's Conor McMorrow's blog