Remembering FX Martin

Tuesday 1 June - Tuesday 31 August

The National Library of Ireland has recently acquired personal papers of the late Rev. Professor FX Martin. A prominent historian and cleric, Professor Martin was also Chairman of the Friends of Medieval Dublin, and in the late 1970s and early 1980s, spearheaded the campaign to save the archaeological site of Wood Quay.

The late Rev. Professor FX MartinThe late Rev. Professor FX Martin

To mark this new accession, an exhibition of selected Wood Quay campaign materials will go on display in the Library’s Main Hall for a 12-week period, beginning 1 June 2010. Using contemporary documents and photographs, the exhibition tells the story of the ‘Save Wood Quay’ campaign, from High Court injunctions and protest marches to the 20-day occupation of the site by campaigners in June 1979 (codenamed ‘Operation Sitric’). The exhibition includes flyers for Wood Quay benefit events, posters and media releases for the 1978 and 1979 street protests, petition sheets, material relating to the occupation, and letters of support from Irish and international figures. It also features a copy of the Wood Quay site visitors’ book from June 1979, as well as television footage of the 1978 protest march addressed by the then Senator Mary Robinson.

Viking Raven Symbol used for the Banner of the Save Wood Quay CampaignViking Raven Symbol used for the Banner of the Save Wood Quay Campaign

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