08/12/2014 Minister Humphreys holds discussions on 2016 and launches book in Crawford Gallery on Cork visit

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Monday) held preliminary discussions with the Cork City Manager, Ann Doherty, and the Deputy County Manager, Declan Daly, on the implementation of Ireland 2016, the nationwide initiative to mark the events of the 1916 Rising.


As part of her first visit to Cork since her appointment to Cabinet, Minister Humphreys visited the Cork Opera House and launched the book ‘Three Centuries of Irish Art’ in the Crawford Gallery. She also visited UCC where she was presented with two books from the ArCH project, a volume of Irish historical manuscripts.


Speaking today, Minister Humphreys said:


“I was pleased to get the opportunity to meet senior officials from Cork City and County Council to discuss the role which will be played by local authorities in the 2016 Commemorations. I want the commemorations to be an inclusive occasion, with the whole country getting involved.


“The participation of Local Authorities will be essential in rolling out a programme of community events and initiatives to not only remember the events of 100 years ago, but also to look forward and ask ourselves where we want to go in the next 100 years.


“We are getting a very positive response to the public consultation process for Ireland 2016, and I will be going out to communities in the coming months to hear their views and ideas. I will also be meeting with community based organisations, such as the GAA, to ensure all sectors of society are given the chance to get involved.”


The Crawford Gallery will benefit as part of the €2 million in additional funding for the National Cultural Institutions announced by the Minister on Friday. Fully illustrated, with over one hundred large colour plates, ‘Three Centuries of Irish Art’ encapsulates the history of the Crawford Gallery and details forgotten works of art that have been conserved and restored in recent years.


Speaking at the launch of the book, Minister Humphreys said:

“This book is a great example of the important work carried out by the Crawford Gallery to enhance the growing public appreciation of heritage and art. It is a beautiful publication with a genuinely breath-taking collection of illustrated works, which should adorn the bookshelves of anyone in Ireland and beyond with an interest in art.


“As one of our National Cultural Institutions, the Crawford Gallery will benefit from the additional €2 million in funding I have secured for our national galleries, libraries and museums in 2015. The funding will be used to protect and promote operations next year at our Cultural Institutions, which are such important repositories of our heritage, identity and history.”



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