Revolution in Galway, 1913-1923
Galway City Museum / All Week / Admission Free
Galway Session highly recommend a visit to the magnificant exhibition Revolution in Galway / Réabhlóid i nGaillimh 1913-1923.
Without Galway, Ashbourne, Co. Meath and Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, the Rising would truly have been a Dublin affair but the West gave it a national significance, according to Mr McGowan. The Galway rebels held the greatest landmass during the Rising and in the aftermath more than a sixth of the 1,800 or so detained in Frongoch Internment Camp in Wales were Galwegians.
Galway, of course, also has other important connections to the Rising: Proclamation-signatory Éamonn Ceannt was a Galwayman, as was Thomas Clarke’s father, and Patrick Pearse had strong connections to Connemara – in fact, it was from his cottage in Rosmuc that he wrote the oration for O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral in which he declared that “Ireland unfree shall never be at peace”. There were also many Galwegians active in the capital during Easter Week.