#1916rising – A 1916 Easter Rising maritime themed exhibition entitled ‘Portals of Unpreparedness’ was launched today (14 November) in the Dun Laoghaire Lexicon Library.
The exhibition focuses on the arrival on the morning of 26th April 1916 of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment of the British Army in Dún Laoghaire (Kingstown in 1916). From there the regiment would march to Dublin and the Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
The exhibition by Leo Cullen and Peter Derbyshire is held on Level 5 of the Lexicon and continues to 20th December.
The main bulk of the British Army force, the non-commissioned ranks, made the Irish Sea crossing on board S.S. Tynwald and the officers on S.S. Patriotic. Also involved was the S.S. Munster as previously reported on Afloat.ie following the RTE/BBC documentary ‘The Enemy Files’ presented by former British Conservative Defence Minister Michael Portillo.
The portals, or viewpoints onto the events, as seen by a variety of witnesses include: the porthole of a troop carrier on the Bay; a window of the Royal St. George’s Yacht Club and the top of a tram.
The exhibition deploys hand drawn map images sourced from contemporary maps, paintings and sketches and commentary through poetry and prose.