Irish International Exhibition
|Irish International Exhibition|
People at the fair
|Name||Irish International Exhibition|
|Country||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Opening||4 May 1907|
|Closure||9 November 1907|
The decision to hold the exhibition was taken at the Irish Industrial Conference in April 1903, and inspired by a small exhibition in Cork (the Cork International Exhibition) 5 years earlier. The 1907 exhibition was intended to improve the trade of Irish goods. The leading force behind the project was William Martin Murphy, a businessman and owner of the Irish Independent, Clerys department store (Clery & Co.), the Dublin United Transport Company and several other Irish and overseas ventures. Other organisers included the Irish journalist William Francis Dennehy.
As well as contributions from countries including Canada, France and New Zealand there were displays of motor cars, electric and gas lighting and machinery; fine art displays including work by Eva Henrietta Hamilton; funfair amusements; a display depicting life in British Somaliland, the 'Somali village', was the exhibition's most popular attraction.
The land used for the exhibition became Herbert Park, where remaining artifacts include a bandstand and pond.
There was a separation of Irish and British pavilions at a time when desire for Home Rule for Ireland was becoming more vocal, and some years before a declaration of independence and secession of the Irish Free State from the United Kingdom.
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