Ashe collection removed from Dingle Library

Thomas AsheMemorabilia relating to patriot Thomas Ashe has been removed from Dingle Library where it had been on display. Following a review by Kerry County Council, the material that was on display in Dingle will be part of a 1916-related exhibition that will be open to the public at Kerry Museum in Tralee during 2016. The council says the overall display of the Tomas Ashe collections will be further reviewed in 12 months. In 1967 President Éamon de Valera presented a collection of items relating to the Lispole-born patriot to Dingle Library, which has been added to over the following 48 years. These included Ashes’s tunic, beret, uileann pipes, shawl and prison shirt, which the council says requires specialist display conditions, as it is largely textile based. In addition, a range of material has been acquired over the years by Kerry Library and is held in the Local History and Archives section at library headquarters in Tralee. Most of the collection has not been on public display for a number of years and is currently held in the archives in Tralee. The material primarily consists of documents, framed photographs and some artefacts. Kerry County Council says it will digitise its document holdings relating to Thomas Ashe, including those from the Dingle Library collection, and make them available for viewing at the library as part of the 1916 commemorations. It added that the overall display of the Thomas Ashe collections will be further reviewed in 12 months.

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