More than 1,800 local community events planned for Ireland 2016

An Taoiseach and an Tánaiste launch 31 Local Authority Plans

for the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, was joined by An Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD, the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD, for the launch today (Thursday) of 31 local and community plans. The programmes include over 1,800 events and initiatives across the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The County Plans, led by the Local Authority network, are the outcome of 84 public consultation meetings held all around the country earlier this year – followed by intensive work by county committees and in particular the 2016 local coordinators in every county.

The programmes contain events and initiatives ranging across all seven strands of the Ireland 2016 programme. Some of the events planned include:

  • ‘Project Revolution’ – The Young Voice: An ambitious collaborative participatory theatre and music project for 15 to 19 year olds by youth arts organisations in Carlow, including County Carlow Youth Theatre, Aspiro and Music Generation Carlow, VISUAL and community agencies working with local schools.
  • Diverging Loyalties, Crawford Gallery:  A Cork-based exhibition featuring over seventy works of art, which charts the changing cultural and political landscape in Ireland in the first two decades of the twentieth century.
  • Aisling – Dreaming Again: An integrated arts-heritage, celebratory and commemorative programme in the north Liberties area in Dublin, initiated by the relatives of the combatants at ‘Heuston’s Fort’, involving poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers and visual artists alongside the people of the area, local historians, schools and creative institutions.
  • Remembering Eamon Ceannt:  A week-long celebration of musician, piper, teacher and revolutionary Eamon Ceannt throughout the city of Galway, culminating in an international parade of pipes and pipers with bands, musicians and performers from Ireland, North America and Europe.
  • Kerry Film Festival will present a specially curated season of films commemorating 1916 and featuring work by local and national institutions and filmmakers.
  • The Jackie Clarke Library in Mayo will exhibit its vast collection of 1916 material throughout the year with some items being exhibited in other venues throughout the County.
  • Songs of 1916: A Song Trail of Limerick is a song tour based on 1916, created and presented as part of a global conference at the World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick.
  • Revolutionaries In Their Own RightWomen and Revolution: A Roscommon-based project which looks at the role of women in the Rising from Cumann na mBan, Inghinidhe na hEireann, Irish Women’s Franchise League.
  • Exploration and sharing of New Communities perspectives on 1916: Sligo Intercultural Forum will run events exploring the theme of Citizenship in different cultures, including the translation of the Proclamation into the languages spoken by those living in Sligo.
  • On March 5th and 6th 2016, all 15 scout groups from county Wicklow will plant 500 native trees over 16 acres to commemorate those who died in 1916.


Speaking at today’s event, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “I know that these 31 County Plans for Ireland 2016 represent the outcome of many hundreds of hours of reflection, consultation and discussion involving thousands of people all over Ireland.  I would like to thank you all for your efforts in ensuring that next year will be a year for all of our communities to remember and a year in which active citizenship is celebrated.  The story and events of 1916 belongs to all of us regardless of political or family background, or personal interpretation of our modern history. I am delighted that the local authorities have reached into the heart of the communities you represent to ensure that next year will be a truly inclusive one – where all citizens’ views can be listened to and respected”.

An Tánaiste Joan Burton added: “We, as citizens, owe it to the Republic that we live in today to promote political debate, discussion and analysis of all the threads which have led to the creation of our modern State. I am delighted that the Programmes being launched here today at local level, promote this spirit of inclusivity and diversity…  I am also delighted to see that the role of women in the events of 1916 which was largely forgotten in the commemorations of 1966 has been rediscovered in a positive way and projects and initiatives marking this contribution can be found throughout the county plans for next year.”

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said: “The 31 County Plans for Ireland 2016 are the result of one of the largest consultation processes in the history of the State. I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and level of interest in communities right across the country; every county wants to play its part in marking the centenary of the Rising. From arts and cultural events to youth theatre, historical tours and film festivals, there is something to appeal to everyone in this ever-expanding nationwide series of events. I would like to thank the Local Authorities for their cooperation and hard work in putting all of these programmes together.”

Minister for the Environment and Local Government Alan Kelly said: “I am a firm believer of enhancing our local communities from the ground up – while it is vital that we support the national programme which was launched in March this year, it is really important that each community is afforded the opportunity to reflect on their own history and are also given the chance to imagine the future of their communities in line with the ideals laid down in the Proclamation”.


The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D., is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future.

The 31 local and community plans are a core element of the Community Participation strand of Ireland 2016, one of the seven programme strands alongside State Ceremonial, Historical Reflection, An Teanga Bheo – the Living Language, Youth and Imagination, Cultural Expression and Global and Diaspora. 

The Programmes are the outcome of 84 public consultation meetings held all around the country during the spring and early summer.

Of the 1,800 events, 161 events fall into the State and local Ceremonial Strand, 540 Historical Reflection, 152 An Teanga Bheo – the Living language, 213 Youth and Imagination, 350 Cultural Expression, 302 Community Participation, and 78 Global and Diaspora – with many more events still being planned.

Full details of the County Programmes are 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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