Bantry through the Ages
Our latest set of information panels
Bantry Historical and Archaeological Society had a very successful Centenary Commemoration Programme for Easter 1916. Starting in early March 2016 a fascinating exhibition, consisting of five panels of images and data
exhibited in Bantry Library until the end of the month. This exhibition received outstanding reviews from everyone who had the privilege of seeing it, both local and visitors, including the many relatives of those who took part in the Bantry to Kealkill Parade on Easter Sunday 1916. Because of its popularity, this exhibition was showing again in Bantry Library during Heritage Week 2016. The exhibition gives an interesting, though brief, account of events in Ireland that led up to the 1916 Rising, as well as detailing events that took place in Bantry area on Easter Sunday 1916. The eighteen men who took part in the Bantry to Kealkill parade are also profiled.
Of course, Dublin is also mentioned, especially some lesser known aspects associated with the Rebellion. The exhibition concludes with an interesting take on what may have contributed to the local inspiration of Bantry men towards Nationalism at that time. It also documents some subsequent thinking of the Bantry Town Commissioners showing a very nationalistic spirit, having already got the name of the town square changed to Wolfe Tone Square.