This was a unique pop-up event, providing a snapshot of Irish engagement with global cultural, political and social issues over the past 50 years in 100 objects.

Based on the fruits of a year-long open call for submissions, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the story of Ireland’s relationship with global human rights challenges over time.

Date: Wednesday 26th February – Sunday 1st March 2020


Date: Wednesday 26th February – Sunday 1st March 2020

Location: 16 Clare Street, Dublin 2. D02 TY72 (where Greene’s Bookshop used to be – beside Oriel Gallery near Merrion Square)

Admission: FREE

Opening hours: 11am to 8pm (limited opening times on 26th Feb from 12pm – 4pm)


Drop in or register for one of our events. No charge, all welcome.


Below are some sample Objects from the exhibition.

Viva Che

The art of Jim Fitzpatrick has never been less than controversial. His earliest work, the legendary Che Guevara poster of May 1968 published just after his death in Bolivia, became the iconic image of the anti-Vietnam war protests worldwide and today is the symbol of F.A.R.C. in Columbia and the Zapitistas of Mexico in their fight for freedom and autonomy.

Righter of Wrongs no. 2

Ireland is a neutral country. We don’t take part in foreign wars but, according to US vice president Mike Pence, we give a warm Irish welcome to US troops “either on their way into the fight or on their way home.”

Honduras mahogany wood sample (rescued)

On his way to the hardware store, Tom Roche was surprised to find a discarded 200-year-old Honduras mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) table ‘centre leaf’ in a skip in Tullamore. It had been used by a brick layer as a mortar board.

Boats at Sea

A group of young people from Bray came together to produce the Boats at Sea public art installation on the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.


Showcasing the heritage of global citizenship in Ireland, Irish Global Solidarity in 100 Objects uncovers the many contributions, stories and campaigns, expressed through artefacts, letters and visual arts that bring these histories to life.

Items on display include the lead Climate Strike placard used in the May 24th Student’s Strike for the Climate event (May 2019); the UCD student’s union ‘Killer Coke’ campus-wide boycott referendum leaflet (2003), the ‘Drop The Debt’ debt cancellation collaborative quilt (1999) and Richie O’Shea’s biomass-fired cooking stove – overall winner of the 2010 Youth Scientists Exhibition, among many others.

Note: a series of events and tours accompany the exhibition.

Drop in for 15 minute group tours, starting every half hour.

General admission is free and open to the public, no booking required.

Opening times: 11am – 8pm (limited opening times on 26th Feb from 12pm – 4pm)

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