Archivist and Cultural Commentator Catriona Crowe officially launched the exhibitions, along with DRI Director Natalie Harrower, Director of National Library of Ireland Sandra Collins, Director of the National Museum Raghnall O'Floinn, Chief Executive of the National Library Wales Linda Tomos and Project Creative Lead for Inspiring Ireland Caroline McGee. The launch was attended by staff from the cultural institutions, as well as press, colleagues, friends and family members of some of the original Frongoch inmates. (Banner image L to R: Caroline McGee, Natalie Harrower, Raghnall Ó Floinn, Catriona Crowe, Linda Tomos, Sandra Collins) Read the press release here
The launch also saw the screening of a short documentary about "Freakshow” a new piano score inspired by the writing of journalist Lyn Ebenezer on the history of Frongoch which became known as 'ollscoil na réabhlóide', University of the Revolution. This work was commissioned from emerging Irish composer Sam Perkin by Rhian Davies, Artistic Director of Wales' oldest classical music festival, the Gregynog Festival, as part of its 2016 Éire season. "Freakshow" received its Irish premiere performance on December 2, 2016 during the Fidelio Trio's Winter Music Festival in Belvidere House, Dublin City University.
View the "Freakshow" Documentary