On the 75th anniversary of 1916 the National Museum of Ireland set about tracing the background to the Rising and cataloguing the series of events which lead to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921.
The exhibition entitled 'Ar Thoir Na Saoirse' meaning 'The Road to Independence' was opened by the Minister for Defence Brendan Daly. Organisers of the event took the Minister on a tour of the exhibition. On display is the 'Book of Ballykinlar' which was put together by prisoners in 1921 and is essentially a giant autograph book of the time.
The Easter Rising of 1916 and the War of Independence which followed have had a significant impact on the shaping of modern Ireland.
The Director of the National Museum Pat Wallace says,
This is not the first 1916 exhibition. We had one on the 25th. We had one in 1966 on the 50th and please God we will have one when I am gone in 25 years from now.
An RTÉ News report by Fionnuala Sweeney broadcast on 24 April 1991.