A MAJOR new centre dedicated to the history of the 1916 Rising has been announced for Dublin.
The commemorative centre will be on the city centre’s iconic market area, Moore Street.
Number 16 on Moore Street was used as the final headquarters for the leaders of the 1916 Rising just before they surrendered.
Numbers 14 to 17 were declared a National Monument in 2007.
Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys unveiled plans yesterday to turn numbers 14 to 17 into a major commemoration centre.
The restoration works on the historic buildings will begin soon and Minister Humphreys says the work will be finished in 2016 – but not in time for the centenary commemorations in April.
When complete, it will be known as the Moore Street Commemorative Centre – and will be just around the corner from a separate visitor centre at the GPO.
Sinn Féin TD spokesperson for Culture and Heritage Sandra McLellan said: “I welcome the commencement of the restoration work that has begun on the site of 14/17 Moore Street, although it is unfortunate that this work won't be completed in time for the anniversary.
“The area in question is one of significant historical value and national importance as it was a battlefield site during the 1916 Easter Rising.”
Though the building will not be complete in time for the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s independence fight, it is expected that enough will be complete to allow some public entry.