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We’re happy to see that two of our recent cultural heritage projects have recently received some fantastic media coverage and visitor reviews. Both the NLI Dublin Lockout exhibition and the Lough Gur  were exciting projects for us, and we’re glad to see that the crowds have had responded in kind. Here in Dublin, the coverage has been enthusiastic both from the public figures and the casual visitor of the Lockout Exhibit. The Dublin Lockout Exhibit at the National Library of Ireland, audiovisual design supplied by Noho The Independent announced the Lockout Exhibit’s opening on August 21st with an article “New 1913 Lockout Exhibition Opens in Dublin.” The article not only explores the Lockout’s history and impact on Ireland and the city of Dublin, but also includes the following quote: “The Dublin Lockout exhibition gives the public an important opportunity to gain an insight into the thinking of some of the key protagonists in this epic struggle as well as the hard day-to-day experiences of ordinary workers and their families,” ICTU General Secretary David Begg said.  ‘‘They are bound to be struck – as I have been – by the heroic determination of the workers and their communities to achieve decent treatment and fairness at work and, ultimately, radical social change and advancement,’’ he added. News about the exhibit also appears as part of RTE’s Century Ireland project, which provides an online historical record to explore Irish life between 1912 and 1923. The Journal published a series of photos and archival material from the exhibit, with permission from the NLI. We’re also thrilled to see positive feedback from the National Library’s Trip Advisor page. One particularly helpful review was written on September 1, 2013 by reviewer Isabelle_Smyth from Dublin: “Ireland's National Library has done a superb job on its Exhibition of the infamous Dublin Lockout of 1913, which marked the beginning of the Labour Movement in Ireland. Housed at No. 2 Kildare Street, just a few doors down from the main National Library building (just across the road from the Nassau Street entrance to Trinity College), this Exhibition stands out from others in its artistic presentation and simplicity. Admission is free. The Exhibition will run until March 31, 2014.  Each panel contains just enough information to make it easy to grasp, illustrated with relevant visual material. Some of the photographs are iconic, including the scene of the police brutality on the strikers on the first "Bloody Sunday" Ireland experienced in August 1913.  There are several interactive computer displays covering various aspects of the Lockout. For those who have time for a longer visit, there are video displays which are very well prepared.  This Exhibition can be visited in half an hour, but it is worth spending longer, at least one hour to get a good grasp of what happened in Dublin one hundred years ago.” Thanks so much for that review, Isabelle!   Lough Gur visitor centre, Limerick Meanwhile in Limerick, the Lough Gur Heritage Centre continues to offer great visitor experiences for tourists and has attracted a good deal of praise for the exhibits and the volunteer staff. Trip Advisor contains the following reviews: Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 9.41.57 AM Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 9.43.29 AM Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 9.44.05 AM We’re passionate about bringing history to life and reviews like the above really make our day! If you haven’t had a chance to visit, Lough Gur is open to the public year-round, and more information is available at the Lough Gur Heritage Centre website. If you’re interested in the 1913 Lockout, the exhibition runs through March 31st and you can find out more at the Dublin Lockout microsite.

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