Never-before-seen documents to go on display at 1916 exhibitions

The RCSI and The Gibson Hotel will both launch events

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A crowd gathered at Westland Row to welcome internees recently released | Image: Library of Ireland

Two new exhibitions are opening in Dublin to remember those who took part in the 1916 Rising.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) will mark the commemorations with the opening of 'Surgeons and Insurgents - RCSI and the Easter Rising'.

The free exhibition is open to the public until April 17th, and will tell the story of the Rising through human stories of some of the key figures associated with the RCSI.

The occupation of the college by insurgents under the command of Michael Mallin and Countess Markievicz is a well-known aspect of the Easter Rising.

However, the RCSI says few will be aware of the role surgeons played in surrounding hospitals as they worked, treating the injured during the rebellion.

The exhibition takes place in the rooms occupied by the insurgents - which are virtually unchanged since 1916.

Artefacts on display in the exhibition include the Tricolour believed to have flown over RCSI during the Rising and the will of Countess Markievicz.

Both were reportedly taken from the college by the wounded Margaret Skinnider.

While a photo exhibition - 1916 'The Untold Stories' - will also open today in the Dublin Docklands.

This event will be based at The Gibson Hotel in Point Village.

It will display a never-before-seen note signed by James Connolly to Christina Caffrey, a member of the Irish Citizen Army, in March 1916.

Acting Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys told Newstalk Breakfast big events - including a massive parade - are being planned for this weekend.