11/11/2013 – Commemorations Programme for Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for Monday 11th November 2013

As part of the Commemorations Programme, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will attend:

Monday 11th November 

  • 10.15am: Launch of ‘The Green Fields of France’, a historical book produced by 4 pupils of St. Paul’s School, Finglas, and published by Glasnevin Trust, in Iveagh House.
  • Followed by: Attending and laying of wreath at the Remembrance Day Service in St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
  • 3.15pm: Launch of an exhibition “Third Home Rule Crisis Exhibition – The Unionist Response” at the Glasnevin Museum.
  • Followed by: The laying of wreaths at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cenotaph in Glasnevin Cemetery.

The Minister will be joined in Iveagh House by H.E. the British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott and by the Rt. Hon Andrew Robathan  MP, Minister of State for  Northern Ireland. Minister Robathan will join the Minister for the remainder of the events.

1. ‘The Green Fields of France’

The ‘The Green Fields of France’ is the result of research carried out  by 4 young pupils of St. Pauls School, Finglas, concerning the background and subject of the song, written by Eric Bogel and made famous by the Furey Brothers and Davy Arthur.

Minister Deenihan commented:

“It can be difficult sometimes to understand the enormity of the hardship endured by the thousands of young men who, like Willie McBride, fought and died in the trenches during World War One.  Projects like this one help to put a human face on the enormous and tragic loss of life in that period – the most momentous decade in modern Irish history and a decade that changed the world forever.”

The Minister joined with Ambassador Chilcott, Northern Ireland Minister of State Robathan and John Green, Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust, in praising the enthusiasm and interest of the young students and the support of their teacher Nora Kielty in producing this thought-provoking document.

2. Third Home Rule Crisis Exhibition – The Unionist Response

Minister Deenihan also officially launched the exhibition ‘Third Home Rule Crisis- The Unionist Response’ organised by the Unionist Centenary Committee with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs reconciliation fund.

Minister Deenihan commented:

“I’m grateful to the Ulster Commemorative Committee for sharing this wealth of artefacts and material. Their perspective represents is a very valuable contribution to an understanding of our common heritage. It is important to nourish these exchanges and offer alternative perspectives on our shared history. “

The Minister welcomes the opportunity of meeting the Rt. Hon Andrew Minister Robathan and in having meaningful discussions with him over the course of his visit. He wishes Minister Robathan well in his new role and looks forward to continuing future dialogue with him.


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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