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Commemorating 1916: Aungier Street campus on the site of Jacob's Biscuit Factory

Posted: 23 March, 2016

As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, Tuesday 15th March was designated as Proclamation Day nationally.

To celebrate and commemorate the day, DIT hosted a special reading of the Proclamation on its Aungier Street Campus.  The DIT campus building at Aungier Street is built on the site of the former Jacob’s Biscuit Factory which was one of the key sites during the Easter Rising in 1916.

In opening the event the Director and Dean of the College of Business, Paul O’Sullivan said:

“One hundred years ago a Revolution took place in this city and in this building on this site.  This Rising at Easter created reverberations which lead to the establishment of a Free State in Ireland and later a Republic.  But its effects also were felt around the world as it became a beacon for people in every quarter of the globe who sought self-determination and the right to give expression.” 

Staff, students, and guests from Higher Education Institutes in China and the USA attended the special ceremony.  First year drama students John Ryan and Laura Dempsey read the Proclamation as Gaeilge and in English. 

As the programme of commemorations continue nationally,  on Easter Monday 28th March, DIT will host a series of public lectures, broadcasts, performances and exhibitions in our Aungier Street building, in collaboration with RTE and the National Archive. Lectures will be delivered by DIT colleagues and by a range of guest lecturers including journalists, historians and other commentators, each of whom will bring their own perspectives to the story of the Rising.  The events are all open to the public – free of charge, but ticketed through the RTE 1916 website. 

See here to see the full range of events planned to take place in Aungier Street on Easter Monday.