07 March 2006

National Museum gets original copy of 1916 Proclamation


07/03/2006 - 14:25:01

The National Museum of Ireland has announced it has acquired an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation of Independence.

The family of Mr Joseph McCrossan, who worked for many years as librarian in the Oireachtas, have donated the copy.

Speaking at the announcement, the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O'Donoghue said: "I am very pleased that the National Museum of Ireland has acquired this valuable document. It will help interpret, in a very real way, the new 1916 exhibition being built by the museum."

"We are deeply honoured to be presented with this document, which represents one of the most important historical documents in modern Irish history," Dr Wallace, Director of The National Museum said.

"We are extremely grateful to the McCrossan family for their co-operation in making this significant document available to the National Museum and to the State"

Research has proven it difficult to state how many Proclamations survived the Easter Rising but they are of great rarity.

In recent years, some copies surfaced from private collections but were subsequently sold for large sums of money.

This copy donated to the National Museum has been examined in great detail and there is no reason to doubt its authenticity.

Michael Kenny, Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland confirmed: "It is in good condition and comes with a good provenance.

"The proclamation was picked up in O’Connell street in 1916 by Mary McCrossan, the paternal grandmother of the McCrossans, who hid the document in the lining of her hat to protect it."

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