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In 2003 for the bi-centenary of his ill-fated rebellion I decided to restore the ancestral picture of the trial of Robert Emmet. I assume that this picture was acquired sometime around 1898 during the upsurge of nationalism that accompanied the centenary of 1798 . It moved house twice, in 1949 and in 1996. It had fallen from the wall and the glass was broken years ago. It languishd in pieces in a plastic bag for a long time. This work was done by Pat McBride of The Paper Conservation Studio in the Design Tower, Pearse St. . It did take a long time. Don’t ask! It was finally collected on Friday last. The text of the final lines of the speech proved to be beyond repair. This was rectified by retyping it. A new frame from the nice man at Frame Factory, Baldoyle and it was ready for the wall. It now looks down on a fifth generation.

Here are the before and after images. Click to enlarge.

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