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Jacobs1916.com: DIT Library Service launches online exhibition

Posted: 13 January, 2016

Jacob’s Factory was one of the key locations during the 1916 Easter Rising, and DIT Aungier Street now occupies a large part of original factory site.

Drawing inspiration from “The Ballad of James Larkin” by Donagh McDonagh, the DIT Library Service has launched a fascinating online exhibition that aims to tell the story of the workers in the factory during the 1913 Lockout, and the rebels actions there in 1916.  The stories of four leaders of the rebellion who were present in the factory during Easter Week – Máire Nic ShiubhlaighThomas Mac DonaghJohn McBride and Michael O’Hanrahan – are highlighted, including with audio interviews and readings.

By recalling the history of Jacob’s Factory the exhibition offers some insight into social and industrial history of the time.  It also traces the family history of one the many families from the area who had an association with Jacob’s for several generations.  Members of the Kernan family from Kevin Street worked in Jacob’s over a century, from the mid 1800’s to the mid-1900’s – with the exception of Patrick Kernan, born in 1918, who later became a tailor in the Dublin Technical Schools, later to become DIT! 

visual timeline, created by Fiachra Mangan in the DIT Library Service, allows the viewer to scroll across the decades from 1850 to 1920 and to click on significant developments in the evolution of the Jacob’s Factory, from the purchase of a 5-horse power steam engine in 1862 to enhance production; to the first cream cracker baked in 1885; to the lock-out in 1913 and the Rising in 1916; and the resumption of full production at the factory following the ending of the Great War.

The exhibition can be seen here.