Artefacts of Rebellious Ireland – Stories from around the Country

Liam Bradley is the former Chair of the Local Authority Museums Network (LAMN) and a Board member of the International Council of Museums Ireland (ICOM Ireland). Here he introduces the Artefacts of Rebellious Ireland project.

Museums are important repositories of our history, culture and heritage and offer us a unique window to our past. They are also about people and our stories. These stories tell us about our past and our present, but they also allow us to imagine what our future could be.
To mark International Museum Day in May 2021,  The Local Authority Museums Network (LAMN) collaborated with the International Council of Museums Ireland (ICOM Ireland) and the Irish Museums Association (IMA), in a special online exhibition featuring objects from around the country have been brought together online for the first time.
Titled ‘Artefacts of Rebellious Ireland Stories from around the Country’, the exhibition highlighted some of the incredible stories relating to the War of Independence and the Civil War period and provide a unique snapshot of this watershed moment in our recent history.
The virtual exhibition is also featured in the Irish Independent here:-…/from-kevin-barrys-last…
Click on each image below to read more about the history behind featured object – this will open up a new page on the ICOM Ireland website.

Click on the video link below to watch Carlow County Museum Curator, Dermot Mulligan, introduce the Carlow artefact – The remain of Kevin Barry’s last cigarette.