Ireland 2016 Project Office and Commemorations
Ireland 2016 Project Office and Commemorations – Functions and Services
- Leading and co-ordinating the planning of commemorative events connected with the significant centenaries that arise between 2012 and 2022.
- Supporting and contributing to the Expert Advisory Committee on Commemorations, the Oireachtas All-Party Working Group on Commemorations and the Cabinet Sub-Committee on the 1916 Commemorations.
- Organising commemoration events relating to other relevant anniversaries in the cultural sector.
- Developing, co-ordinating and delivery of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme,– a programme to appropriately commemorate those who fought or died during the 1916 Easter Rising; reflect on the legacy of that period; and look towards the future through effective engagement with a wide spectrum of interests including:
- Government Departments,
- groups representing relatives of those who took part in the 1916 Rising and those not part of any formal group who would like to contribute to the discussions,
- the National Cultural Institutions, the Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the Heritage Council, the Local Authority Network, and various other partner.
- oversight of the 2016 Capital programme which includes nine capital projects.
- Commemorations Unit is charged with organising commemoration events relating to other relevant anniversaries in the cultural sector.
- The offices supervise financial support to commemorative projects
- The Commemorations Unit is leading the preparation of a number of official state commemorations connected with the centenaries arising between 2012 and 2022. The Commemorations Unit is also liaising with interested parties and Government bodies to assist, where appropriate, with unofficial commemorative events, particularly centenary events.
Ireland 2016 Project Office and Commemorations – Accessing our Services
- Members of the public can contact the Ireland 2016 Project Office via ireland2016.gov.ie.or 01 6449788. The Office is charged with organising the State Ceremonial Programme relating to the 1916 Centenary Commemorations as well as delivering wider programme of events throughout the year.
Ireland 2016 Project Office and Commemorations – Classes of Records Held
- Records relating to the administration of the 2016 Project Office and Commemorations Unit;
- Records relating to policy matters in this area (including relevant legislation); and
- Records relating to operational matters, including:
Files relating to past and planned commemorative events;
Files concerning the Expert Advisory Group of Historians
Files concerning the All Party Group on Commemorations and the Cabinet Sub-Committee on the 1916 Commemorations;
- Personal information, including personal details of:
Guests invited to the commemorative events
Suppliers of goods or services;
Individuals who submit correspondence to the 2016 Project Office and Commemorations Unit
- Interest Groups who submit proposals for commemorative events.
Ireland 2016 Project Office and Commemorations – Grant or Funding Schemes
Funding to Local Authorities for Community Commemorative Initiatives
Purpose of the scheme;
Funding being provided to Local Authorities, in conjunction with the Department of the Environment and Local Government and IPB for dispersal to community initiatives. This funding is being provided to support engagement and facilitation within local communities to generate awareness of the Ireland 2016 initiative and the commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising; and
The funding will also support each local authority in delivering a plan for a suitable programme of events and initiatives to take place at a county level in line with the national plans for Ireland 2016.
Who is eligible to apply;
Organisations, community groups and individuals can apply through their local authority.
How to apply for funding under the scheme;
This grand scheme is administered by each local authority; details of the application processes are posted on each local authority website or available from the dedicated coordinator.
It is a matter for local authorities to allocate funding and make decisions in relation to all initiatives under consideration for inclusion in their plans. Local authorities were requested to consider the selection criteria below when assessing proposals submitted and when making decisions in relation to all initiatives under consideration. It was also recommended that all proposals received by the local authorities be assessed by the steering committee in a timely manner to allow planning to get underway.
Recommended Selection Criteria:
- The extent to which the proposed initiative is aligned to the ‘Ireland 2016’ themes of Remember, Reconcile, Imagine, Present and Celebrate.
- The extent to which proposed initiatives maximise community and citizen engagement and mobilisation around the key ‘Ireland 2016’ themes.
- The extent to which the proposed initiative connects with the events of the 1916 Easter Rising and those who fought or died during that time;
- The extent to which the project proposed is unique, innovative, creative, interesting and likely to make an impact;
- The potential scope of the project within the local authority area and anticipated target audience;
- The cost of executing the project proposed;
- Any additional supports and funding that may be required and have been confirmed from relevant stakeholders; and
- The feasibility of project completion within the timeframe allocated.
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