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    Object Matters: Making 1916

    Object Matters: Making 1916

    Where did the tricolour in the GPO come from? In nationalist mythology, it arrived in Ireland during the ‘year of revolutions’ of 1848 and was then flown in triumph from the buildings occupied by the doomed but heroic rebels in Easter week 1916. But according to artist and educator Brian Hand, the best-known tricolour up to 1916 was the green, white and purple of the suffragettes. In research to be presented at a groundbreaking conference on April 26-7, Hand will demonstrate that our national flag was scarcely recognised in 1916. Focussing on the objects, spaces and art used and inspired ...


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