Eason marks Rising with digital archive

To commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising, Eason is rolling out an interactive digital archive showcasing Eason company documents from a century ago. Taken directly from the archives of the O’Connell Street store, the original documents, particularly the letters of Charles Eason, provide a perspective on the commercial life of Dublin during the time of the Rising.

The archive, meticulously maintained down through the years, includes an account of how Eason was affected by the events of Easter 1916. From the efforts made to keep the supply of newspapers to outlets around the city at the outbreak of the Rising, through to the incursion by volunteers into the shop premises and concern for the welfare of staff.

no fee if Easons mentioned in caption Brendan Corbett Eason Group Head of Marketing and Joe Duffy author of ‘Children of the Rising’ at the Eason 1916 Commemoration event held at Eason, O’Connell Street on Tuesday March 22nd. As part of the 1916 Commemoration, Eason has developed a specially created interactive, digital archive, which showcases Eason company documents from 1916. Taken directly from the archives of the O’Connell Street store, the original documents, particularly the letters of Charles Eason, provide a fascinating perspective on the commercial life of Dublin during the time of the Rising. The archive, meticulously maintained down through the years, contains a captivating account of how the Eason business was effected by the events of Easter 1916. This archive is now available to the public to review in the Eason store on O’Connell Street, through touch-screens on the ground floor. The screens are situated within a new “Commemorating 1916” section that carries the largest range of 1916 books in the country, representing every aspect and facet of the Easter Rising. The digital archive, original documents and collection of 1916 reading will remain in situ for the coming months to commemorate the events of the Easter Rising, 1916.

Brendan Corbett with RTE presenter Joe Duffy, author of The Children of the Rising


The Eason shops on Middle Abbey Street and Sackville Street (later renamed O’Connell Street) were destroyed within a week of the rebellion starting. The archive materials are complemented with an Easter 1916 timeline that recounts the events before, during and after the Rising and with a gallery of over 30 images from the historic days.

The archive is open to the public in the Eason store on O’Connell Street, through touch-screens on the ground floor. The screens are part of a new ‘Commemorating 1916’ section featuring a large range of 1916 books. The collection of publications represents many aspects and facets of the Easter Rising, Brendan Corbett, group head of marketing, Eason, said.

 

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