Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion is a unique audio visual exhibition that chronicles the role of the Catholic Church in the events of the 1916 Rising.
Historical documents from the Dublin Diocesan Archive will be on display, alongside material from many other Religious Orders who were at the centre of events during Easter Week – including the Capuchins, Dominicans, Franciscans, Irish Sisters of Charity, Jesuits, the Loreto Sisters and the Sisters of Mercy.
This exhibition takes you into the heart of the fighting during the Easter Rising, where Catholic Priests risked their lives to minister the Sacraments to the wounded and dying. It examines the crucial acts of the nuns and clergy, as they responded to the immediate needs of the hungry and displaced by providing them with much-needed food and shelter, and includes eyewitness accounts of those who ministered to the condemned leaders.
St. Kevin’s Chapel in the Pro–Cathedral has been refurbished to host the exhibition, which includes artefacts and handwritten letters from the rebel leaders of 1916 and an interactive digital display of documents from the Diocesan Records.
It includes fascinating correspondence between Archbishop William Walsh and the authorities during and after the Rising and letters received from Joseph Mary Plunkett, Patrick Pearse, Fr. Laurence Stafford and many others.
The exhibition also has an audio player whereby the visitor can listen to stories from five witnesses of key events:
- Fr. Michael Curran’s description of O’Connell Street immediately after the surrender
- Sr. Augustine Hayes’s account of life in Dublin during the Rising as seen from the Sisters of Mercy convent, Eccles Street
- Mabel Fitzgerald’s protest against the harsh treatment of prisoners and her appeal for the Archbishop’s intervention
- Extracts from the annals of the Loreto Sisters at St. Stephen’s Green
- An account of the visit to Patrick Pearse in Arbour Hill Prison by Fr. Columbus, OFM Cap.
The interactive touchscreen shows never-before-seen documents from various religious archives, all relating to the Rising.
Open 1.30pm – 5.30pm every day from Saturday 24 September 2016 until the end of the year.
St. Kevin's Chapel, Pro–Cathedral, 83 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.
Entry is free.
For more information, visit www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral