Date Released: 04 October 2016
A plaque commemorating the men, women and young people who served with the Irish Citizen Army (ICA) during the revolutionary period will be unveiled in the courtyard of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Thomas Street, Dublin 8, on Thursday, 6thOctober, at 3.00 p.m.
The ICA Re-enactment Group will lead a march by SIPTU activists and members of the local community to the unveiling site from St. Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street, at 2.45 p.m. The plaque will be officially unveiled by relatives of people who served with the ICA.
The event is jointly organised by the SIPTU Dublin District Council and NCAD.
SIPTU Dublin District Council secretary, Kevin Glackin, said: “During 2016, the SIPTU Dublin District Council is unveiling a series of plaques to commemorate the working class men, women and young people who served in the Irish Citizen Army in the areas where they lived.”
He added: “The interest in the unveiling of these plaques has been considerable and has increased awareness of the radical history of our city during the revolutionary period of 1913 to 1923.”
Acting Director of the NCAD, Bernard Hanratty, said: “NCAD is proud to be a member of The Liberties community and engage with our neighbours, local institutions and community groups. We are delighted to welcome SIPTU, Dublin City Council, and members of the local community to NCAD to mark the occasion of the unveiling of the Irish Citizen Army plaque. The plaque will commemorate those from The Liberties who served in the Irish Citizen Army.
“Our Thomas Street campus, formerly a Power’s Distillery, is rich with history. We look forward to welcoming many more visitors through our iconic archway, to explore and re-discover the history of their community and the role their ancestors played in the 1916 Rising.”
The unveiling will be followed by a talk on the history and politics of the ICA by historian Brian Hanley.