Secret meetings of leading local Republicans, understood to be helping plan a major rebellion, are understood to be taking place in and around the city, and Galway citizens will be able to eavesdrop on these revolutionary discussions.
Galway IRB and Cumann na mBan figures will be spotted holding discussions in various pubs in the city, as they plan and debate the details of the 1916 Easter Rising. This is Galway Whispers Revolution, an event which is taking place throughout The Latin Quarter next week.
On Tuesday March 22, Wednesday 23, and Thursday 24, live re-enactments, featuring actors in full costume, holding the clandestine meetings which happened around Galway in the run-up to the 1916 Rising will take place at 12 noon, 3pm, and 5pm in Tig Cóilí, Tigh Neachtain’s, The Dáil Bar, The Front Door, Taaffes, The Quays, The Kings Head, and Sonny Molloy’s.
There will be comical interaction with onlookers, banter with passers-by, and entertaining confrontations with unexpecting customers in public houses. “While many of the 1916 commemorations are quite ceremonial or official, Galway Whispers Revolution will take a more humorous approach, yet still being reflective of the real events and sense of danger at that time," said Seamus Hughes, creative director of Galway Whispers Revolution. Margaret Jenkins, chair of The Latin Quarter said it promises to be among "the most unique events planned for the 1916 commemoration not only in Galway but across the country”.
County Galway saw the most intense action of the Rising outside Dublin. Galway Whispers Revolution events are free to the public and suitable for all ages.