Documents relating to British and Irish operations during the 1916 Easter Rising are handed over to the State.

The documents associated with the 1916 Rising were handed over to the Minister for Education Mr Colley by Captain WHB de Courcy-Wheeler, for preservation in the National Museum of Ireland. The ceremony took place at the National Museum.

The documents had been in the possession of Capt de Courcy Wheeler's late father Captain Henry de Courcy-Wheeler a British staff officer during the Easter Rising who was present at the surrender of the GPO and at the College of Surgeons.

The documents included the surrender order signed by Padraig Pearse. Another document was an instruction for accepting the surrender signed by Brigadier Major General William Lowe, Officer Commanding the British troops which provides details of the place and time of surrender.

There were operational orders signed by James Connolly, one to the officer in command in Henry Street and the other to Lieut Oscar Traynor at an unspecified location.

Other documents included hand written names of prisoners in Arbour Hill Barracks along with a number of photographs.

Also included were printed proclamations and photographs and a portrait of Capt Henry E de Courcy Wheeler.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 April 1966. The footage shown here is mute.