Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion Exhibit, Hesburgh Libraries

Location: Hesburgh Library, Rare Books and Special Collections

Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion


February 12- April 28, 2016

The Easter Rising of 1916 was one of the most important events in Irish history. Though the rebellion lasted only six days, it led to the formation of an independent Irish State.

When many of the leaders were executed, sympathy for the rebellion spread throughout the world. The poem by W. B. Yeats, Easter, 1916, written in the aftermath, describes how a military failure carried out by unlikely people became transformative.

The Hesburgh Libraries Rare Books and Special Collections includes a rare copy of this poem, in addition to documents and books by and about the leaders of the Rising. The exhibit features items from our Easter Rising Ephemera collection, from our Irish Manuscript collection, and from our book and newspaper collections. In addition, material from the Notre Dame Archives helps us to see the international aspect of the Easter Rising.

This exhibit is curated by Aedín Clements (Irish Studies Librarian).

Read more about the exhibit and special guided tours