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Published on March 15th, 2016 | by admin


1916 Centenary Events June-September

The ambition of the continuing Ireland 1916-2016 programme is to help people discover more about the crucial event that brought Ireland to independence; to encourage Irish people to remember and reflect upon the seminal historic event as well as the heroes that made it possible; and to re-imagine what our future might bring.

The Defence Forces have played particularly big role in the centenary, playing a part in each of the seven strands: State ceremonial, historical reflection, the living language, youth and imagination, cultural expression, community participation, and global and diaspora. The first two strands will see military personnel involved in 55 State ceremonial events, together with flag-raising ceremonies in each of the 31 local authorities.

The centenary events will continue throughout the country and will run throughout all the coming months. There will be festivals, ceremonies, theatre, music, lectures, parades and a whole host of other events. Presented here are just some of the vast programme of events set to make 2016 a special year for Ireland.

June 10th – 11th

Irish language: Ravelóid 2016 is an exciting new music and culture festival organised by Glór na nGael.

June 12th

Community: Street Feast is an annual initiative that aims to bring back life to Irish streets and build community spirit. The idea is to get people across Ireland to sit down to a lunch with their neighbours. It will be a chance to meet neighbours and friends, and an opportunity for people to mark the centenary in their own place.

June 13th – 19th

Festival: The flagship event in Galway city’s programme will be the Remembering Éamonn Ceannt festival. This will be a week-long celebration of musician, teacher and revolutionary Éamonn Ceannt throughout the city. Ceannt’s role in the Easter Rising and his cultural and political legacy will be explored and celebrated in a series of concerts, conferences and seminars, along with visits to sites of relevance to his life. It will culminate in an international parade of pipes and pipers through the streets of Galway, with bands, musicians and performers from Ireland, north America and Europe.

July 14th – 17th

Culture: The Regional Cultural Centre and Earagail Arts Festival in Donegal will be organising Irish and English Folk. This will explore the relationship between Ireland and England through folk song and music.

Culture: Internationally renowned artist Willie Doherty, who was born in Derry but has strong Donegal connections, will make a new video artwork for the centenary, which will be shown in Donegal and Dublin, and in London in 2017. It is scheduled to premiere at the Earagail Arts Festival.

July 15th – 17th

Culture: In Clare, the annual Peadar Clancy Cultural Festival will dedicate a plaque and garden area to his memory. Clancy was a hugely influential participant in the Easter Rising and in the War of Independence.

September 11th

Diaspora: Galway will host the Emigration and Our Galway County Diaspora conference, providing insights into the factors that contributed to the emigration of so many people to various parts of the world.

September 15th – 16th

Women: A programme of events at the county library in Roscommon called Revolutionaries In Their Own Right: Women and Revolution will look at the role and contribution of women from Cumann na mBan, Inghinidhe na hÉireann, the Irish Women’s Franchise League, and central and local figures active in committees and communities in Co Roscommon.


Ongoing Events

Academia: The universities and institutes of technology have developed extensive academic programmes for 2016. A highlight will be a national conference on 1916 and its impact on the life of the nation, hosted by NUI Galway in November 2016.

Exhibition: The National Museum will open a major 1916 exhibition at Collins Barracks, Dublin, on March 3rd, examining the events of Easter Week in detail. Called Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising , the exhibition will “explore the ideas, movements and personalities of early 20th-century Ireland, the dramatic events of Easter Week, the impact it had on the city and its citizens and the Irish nation as a whole”.

Exhibition: On March 10th, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum’s 1916 exhibition will open. See

Exhibitions: Cork’s Crawford Art Gallery will hold a number of exhibitions during the year, including Diverging Loyalties (June 4th-August 27th) and 1916 in Contemporary Art (June 24th-August 24th). See

Archive: The Military Archives in Dublin, including the Military Service Pensions Collection, will be officially opened on April 26th.

Irish language: The Irish language strand of the programme includes  Comhrá 2016, one of the many Conradh na Gaeilge events. It is a series of seminars throughout the year to commemorate the importance of the Irish language at home and overseas, as well as the role of Conradh na Gaeilge and the cultural revival as a source of inspiration for the 1916 Rising.

Exhibition: Most of the events of the Rising occurred in Dublin so it’s hardly surprising that Dublin City Council will undertake a huge number of initiatives, among them a special exhibition telling the story of Dublin’s firefighters during Easter Week 1916, when the city centre was razed and Dublin’s streets became a battlefield.

Twinning: The Lord Mayor of Dublin is inviting cities in the US twinned with Irish cities, counties and towns to come to Ireland in April, providing an opportunity to celebrate the unique relationship between the US and Ireland through city-to-city relationships.

Culture: The Draíocht Arts Centre in Blanchardstown is creating a programme which includes the One Book, One Fingal project, based on the children’s book Friend or Foe by Brian Gallagher. The project culminates in a three-month exhibition from April to June.

Exhibition: Kerry County Council is creating a major exhibition, Sir Roger Casement: A Revolutionary Journey , tracing Casement’s path from servant of the crown to Irish nationalist, to the gallows in Pentonville Prison . It opens on April 21st.

Cross-Border: The programmes also contain several cross-Border initiatives and commemorative events that aim to remember members of the British army and the RIC who died in 1916. The Pushkin Trust, in partnership with Longford’s primary schools, will participate in an initiative, which runs until June, to create projects that remember/celebrate “all those who have brought peace to our land”.

Exhibition: An exhibition curated by historian Conor Dodd in Deansgrange Cemetery, Co Dublin, where more than 100 people who were involved in the Rising are buried, will tell the story of the Rising using the people and personal experiences of those associated with the area now covered by Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown.  It includes about 170 people in all. It runs from February 1st to September 30th.

For details of these and many more events taking place in 2016 see the official Ireland 2016 website at



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