Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Video of An Taoiseach opening the “‘What you maybe meant to keep’– Irish Political Ephemera” exhibition at The National Print Museum April 2, 2014

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On the 24th of March, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny opened “‘What you maybe meant to keep’– Irish Political Ephemera”, an exhibition of Irish political posters, leaflets and election literature at the National Print Museum.
The material dates from the 1970s up to the 2010s and is chiefly drawn from a collection begun by curator Alan Kinsella. The exhibition also includes material from the Irish Left Archive and is curated by Kinsella and Dr Ciarán Swan.

The exhibition runs until the 27th of May


Some reviews of the Exhibition March 25, 2014

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The exhibition opened last night and it was a wonderful evening, many thanks to everyone who made it possible.

There’s a piece in The Irish Times  and also in today’s Irish Independent .


“What you maybe meant to keep…” Exhibition Opening This Evening At The National Print Museum March 24, 2014

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Six months ago the idea of an exhibition of some of my collection at The National Print Museum was raised …… …. Tonight after much hard work by many the exhibition is being launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
It will be a far cry from the 18th of February 1982 when I collected my first leaflets outside the polling station as my parents voted. I started this site to try and show off the material I’ve gathered over the years. Since then the network of people who keep leaflets for me has grown. I started to get more material in, some in the post, some people sending scans of old and new leaflets. I pride myself on posting all ranges of Irish Political Ephemera from both the past and the present and the site being neutral politically.
It has been great fun and hard work selecting what to put in the exhibition. Trying to get a balance between parties, people, geography, gender and the issues of the time. Though I say so myself the exhibition looks spectacular. It is co curated by myself and Dr Ciarán Swan and the exhibition also has items from the CLR Left Archive .
I know those with any interest whatsoever in politics and indeed nostalgia will enjoy it.

More details on the exhibition here.

Some pictures I took over the course of the weekend as we set the exhibition up… There are more photos here

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