A replica of a burning GPO, complete with simulated flames and billowing smoke was the centrepiece of the 1916 memorabilia exhibition on display at Euro Antiques & Collectables, now open in Long Walk, Dundalk.
Officially opening the newly relocated antique shop, President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Michael Gaynor said that proprietor Jimmy Cumiskey was one of the town’s most enterprising businessmen. ‘Jimmy is always promoting new concepts and ideas, and here he has added 1916 to the mix of old and new in his new premises.’
In the main display window of Euro Antiques & Collectables is the massive facade of Dublin’s GPO as it looked back in Easter 1916. It was created by local artists and craftmaker, Jerome of Celtic Art, Castleblayney, who shows a range of his 1916 and patriotic products in the shop. The range includes busts and plaques of the 1916 leaders, James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Padraig Pearse, Joseph Plunkett, Séan Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, and Eamonn Ceannt, which received enormous praise at a recent RDS fair. All items are for sale in Euro Antiques & Collectables, Long Walk shopping centre, Dundalk.
Items relating to Ireland’s heroic past are also on display, including ‘Free Derry’ gable end plaque, ‘Ireland Unfree Shall Never Be At Peace’ plaques, wall hangings, wall plates, engraved sideboard display items, ornaments, busts, historic figures and posters. Many are designed and hand made in Ireland.
‘1916 marks the proclamation of our republic, and this collection of memorabilia, now for sale in our Long Walk premises, allows everybody to commemorate our history and proudly display items relating to the long fight for independence in their own homes or business premises,’ said proprietor, Jimmy Cumiskey.
Euro Antiques & Collectables is open in Long Walk Shopping Centre Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.