15/07/2015 : GAA to host special commemorative event in Croke Park as part of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

Wednesday, 15th July 2015—Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D., joined President of the GAA Aogán Ó Fearghail and Director General Páraic Duffy today to announce plans to host a commemorative event at Croke Park next year to mark the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The event will be hosted in conjunction with the Allianz League Division 1 and 2 finals on Sunday 24 April 2016, the same date as the start of the Rising, and will be staged between the two finals.

An artistic director for the event will be announced shortly.

It is anticipated that all of the Association’s clubs will be represented in a celebration that will reflect the role of the GAA in this period and in a modern Ireland. The event is being planned in conjunction with the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.  The GAA will be writing to every GAA club, enclosing a copy of the Programme, and encouraging their participation in Ireland 2016.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said:

I am thrilled that the GAA is getting involved in the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Next year will be a huge opportunity for us to come together to reflect on our shared past and look to the future. As a grassroots community organisation, with its own place in history, the GAA is a very important part of that narrative. 

“The GAA event, which will involve clubs from across the country, promises to mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising in an inclusive and exciting way and will complement the Government’s extensive programme of events.”

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail said: “Next year will be a hugely significant one for Irish people everywhere and we are pleased to highlight the role that the GAA played in the emergence of modern Ireland.

“As the largest sporting organisation on the island, there is an obvious link in this period with the activities of the GAA and we look forward to next April’s event which will celebrate history and tradition while also looking to the future of modern Ireland.”

Páraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA, added: “We are pleased to work with the government in the organisation of an event that we will believe will be a fitting commemoration of a hugely important landmark date in Irish history.

That this celebration will encompass our games and clubs exactly 100 years after the day of the event itself will ensure a special occasion and I am confident it will appeal to the wider public as well as our own members.”

Further information on the special event including programme details and ticketing will be made available shortly.  Full details of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is available at www.ireland.ie


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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