8 Independent Objects at Strokestown

At Strokestown Park we commemorated the centenary of 1916 with an exhibition of objects that belong to local people and embody the changes that occurred in Irish society between 1914 and 1922. An original Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on display, one of only around 50 in the world. We used this to convey the declaration of a republic as ‘something striking to capture the imagination of the world.’ A Cumann na mBan jacket owned by a Strokestown activist conveys the empowerment of women, a 1919 motorbike embodies new kinds of mobility and an autograph book containing the signatures of the second Dail  cabinet  shows the power of the ‘democratic path’. We ask visitors to think about which ‘development’ was most important in Ireland’s struggle for independence, cast their vote, and tell us why.