Dublin City Council Statement on Commemorative Banner at College Green

As part of the 1916 celebrations and following through on the work of the our Commemorations Committee, Dublin City Council has installed a large number of commemorative flags and banners on City Council lamp poles and flag poles throughout the city. We have also placed 1916 commemorations promotional posters on billboards, buses and at train stations, and we are working closely with RTÉ to deliver and promote the Reflecting the Rising event on Easter Monday (28th March).

In addition, the 1916 National Project Office and the Office of Public Works, in collaboration with the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht, have installed a number of larger commemorative banners and wraps on prominent buildings in the City centre.

The following is a list of the installation locations and their content:

Building

Content

Royal College of Surgeons ~ (Old Building)

 

The Seven signatories

 

Royal College of Surgeons ~ (New  Building)

St Stephen’s Green

Portrait image of Countess Markievicz (Yeats poem extract)

 

Palace Street (DCC) Building

Extract from WB Yeats poem – Easter 1916

Citi Hotel Dame Street (Central Bank plaza)

Women of the Rising

Bank of Ireland College Green Colonnade

Constitutional Nationalism: Images of Grattan, O’Connell, Parnell and Redmond.

Burgh Quay

Seven signatories

Civic Offices

Proclamation

River House Chancery Street 

“Dublin Remembers” branding

Heras fencing – parade route - North Earl St Cable bridge

Streetscapes of the City pre- and post-Rising and images of the seven signatories

Location To be confirmed

Dr Kathleen Lynn (TBC)

The banner erected at the Bank of Ireland at College Green is therefore but one of several banners/wraps.  

During the course of discussions and planning with the other parties listed above and In the context of commemorating the Rising - an event that forever changed the course of Irish History - it was felt appropriate and fitting to pay due respect to the endeavours of some of the great constitutional nationalists and parliamentarians who over the previous 150 years sought to assert, within the contexts of their periods, Irish Sovereignty, dignity and aspirations.

Ireland is one of the oldest continuous democracies in the world. We have a proud parliamentary tradition that stretches back centuries. The Bank of Ireland, along the parade route, was the very first purpose-built Parliament Building, the seat of Grattan’s Parliament.

Daniel O' Connell is a figure of immense historical significance nationally and internationally. He was the leader of the Catholic Emancipation and Repeal movements, a friend of Douglas, the American Anti-Slavery leader and considered to be one of the father figures of the European Christian Democratic movement, and the first democratically elected Lord Mayor of Dublin (1841). 

Parnell failed to get two Home Rule Bills enacted: but with his policy of agitation he changed forever the Parliamentary process in Westminster and co-operated with Davitt to break the power of the landlords. Redmond secured a commitment to Home Rule, but external events (World War One (WW1), etc.) conspired against him.

It was considered that they are as much a part of the historical narrative of Irish nationalism as anyone else, and so deserve to get this small gesture of recognition on the occasion, when this independent democratic state acknowledges the seminal events that led to its formation.  

 

This approach fits with that adopted in the City Council’s Commemorations Policy which states:

Dublin City Council wishes to reflect all traditions, perspectives and points of view relevant to the Decade of Commemorations. All involvement, including combatants on both sides and of different nationalities, civilians and the neglected role of women, are relevant. We will adopt an inclusive and respectful approach to this important period of Irish history.

The context and history of major historical events such as the relationship of WW1 to the Easter Rising are a very important part of a rounded understanding of all commemorations while bearing in mind that the context is not the event itself.

Differing points of view in relation to commemorations are expected and welcome and we have genuinely tried to include a reasonable mix of these views.

 

ENDS

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