The Irish Heritage Trust is excited to present a specially curated exhibition at Strokestown Park and National Famine Museum as part of Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries.
Curated by Dr. Darragh Gannon (University College, Dublin), ‘Soldiers and Civilians: Strokestown Park and the Irish Revolution’ explores a decade of unprecedented political change and military conflict on the island of Ireland between 1912 and 1922.
The period spanned the First World War, the 1916 Rising, Ireland’s War of Independence, and the start of the Civil War, and the exhibition explores how these events were experienced by both soldiers and civilians.
Visit the exhibition to see documents of national significance, drawn from a previously unseen private collection. alongside unique artefacts from the Strokestown Park Archive.
As Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries draws to a close, this important exhibition asks new questions about the Irish Revolution, national commemoration, and the meaning of Irish identity:
- What did it mean to be British/Irish and nationalist/unionist in early twentieth-century Ireland?
- Where were the battles for Irish independence fought, won, and lost?
- And how did it feel to survive the Irish Revolution?
The East Yorkshire Regiment in Ireland
The exhibition looks to stories of soldiers and civilians to explore these questions.
The British Army’s East Yorkshire Regiment was stationed at Strokestown Park during the War of Independence and this exhibition examines its record and its impact.
The history of Strokestown Park and the Irish Revolution is also told, through the powerful story of Olive Pakenham Mahon, the last member of the Anglo-Irish élite to live at Strokestown.
The exhibition – which combines personal and documentary exhibits to shed fresh light on Irish history in one of its most contested period – opens in September 2021. To book a ticket online, please follow the link below.
A permanent exhibition
A permanent exhibition on Soliders and Civilians has been installed in our newly refurbished public exhibition space, the former site of the East Yorkshire Regiment gymnasium at Strokestown Park.
Kindly supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme 2021 | An Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán.