Siptu to festoon Liberty Hall with 1916 banner

Siptu is to fully drape three sides of the landmark 60m-tall Liberty Hall with images from 1916 to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Liberty Hall was the head office of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, which later became Siptu. It was the base of the Irish Citizen Army, the location where the Easter Proclamation was printed and the building where the final plans were made for the rising itself.

The wrap, to be installed in March, will include a depiction of the Proclamation. It will be in situ when the country commemorates the Rising on April 24 and will remain there until August. The wrap will also include six panels, created by artist Robert Ballagh.

Siptu to festoon Liberty Hall with 1916 banner

It is not the first time Siptu has used its iconic building to mark a historic period in its history. In 2013, it festooned Liberty Hall with a 1913 Lockout wrap.

Meanwhile, more than 400 Siptu delegates are due to gather for the union’s first biennial conference in Cork since 2005. It is to transport 30 tapestries from the 1913 Lockout commemorations to Cork and will have them on display in City Hall through the conference, next week. Access to the public will be free. The tapestries were a collaboration between the union and the National College of Art and Design.

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