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1916 commemorations, Westport Library (Westport Library)

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Westport Library is currently displaying an original poster, published by the Mayo News in 1916, advertising a fundraising concert for equipment for the Irish Volunteers which was held in Westport Town Hall on the eve of the Easter Rising. Also on display are a dozen newspaper front pages from the days of the 1916 Easter Rising. In addition to these exhibits is a photographic portrait of Thomas Derrig, a native of Westport who went on become a government minister. After the 1916 Rising, Derrig was arrested and deported to Great Britain and interned at Frongoch, Wales. He was released in August, 1916. In the course of his internment he met many prominent figures in the Sinn Fein and Volunteer movements and these associations strengthened his republican sympathies. Mr. Derrig was elected for the North and West constituency of Mayo in 1922. After the general election of 1932, when the Fianna Fail Party was returned in sufficient strength to form a Government, Mr. Derrig became Minister for Education, a post which he held until 1939. From 1939 to 1943 he was Minister for Lands. In 1940 he resumed the portfolio of his former department of Education until Fianna Fail was defeated in the general election of 1948. In 1951 he became Minister for Lands again. Also available from Westport Library are a limited number of 1916-2016 commemoration calendars and programmes.

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