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Ireland, Dublin International Exhibition 1907. Bronze medal by J.W. L(auer)

Æ 24mm diameter with integral suspension loop, weight 3.56grams. OBEDIENTIA CIVIUM URBIS FELICITAS  CITY OF DUBLIN  City arms with supporters.  Rv. IRISH INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION  View of exhibition building in Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, 1907 in ex.  Some traces of original lustre in the legend, EF - Good EF

The Irish International Exhibition was a world Exposition held in Dublin in 1907 on a 52 acre site in which became Herbert Park, where the bandstand and a lake still remain. At the time of Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom, although the Irish and British pavilions were separate.  Perhaps a forerunner of the time when there was a declaration of independence and the eventual secession of the Irish Free State from the UK.
Its purpose was intended to improve the trade in Irish goods. The 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. Another of the organizers was the journalist William Francis Dennehy.

It ran from 4 May to 9 November 1907,and had 2.75 million visitors and like many such events, made loss of about £100,000 sterling, which was underwritten by guarantors.

Canada, France and New Zealand provided some of the international element, whilst there were displays of motor cars, electric and gas lighting and machinery. For the younger element there was a fun fair, whilst for the more serious, art displays including work by local artist, Eva Henrietta Hamilton, who, although only 22 was already well-known. The most popular attraction, however, was a display depicting life in British Somaliland, the 'Somali village'.

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