Ireland is celebrating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising this year and there are hundreds of events happening all over the country to mark the occasion.
Some of the events taking place throughout the country are as follows;
- On Easter Saturday, 26th March, the will be a remembrance ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square followed by a State event in the RDS for relatives of those who participated in the Rising, which will be attended by the President.
- On Easter Sunday, 27th March the reading of the 1916 Proclamation at the GPO will take place at 11.30am. The parade, led by the Defence Forces, will begin at St Stephen’s Green, pass the GPO and continue to Parnell Square. It will conclude with an Air Corps flypast and a 21-gun salute.
- The National Museum will have a major 1916 exhibition at Collins Barracks, Dublin, examining the events of Easter Week in detail called ‘Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising’.
- On Easter Monday 28th March there will be synchronised wreath laying ceremonies will be held around the county at 1.15pm – the time that the first shots of the 1916 Rising were fired. These will take place in Ashbourne, Athenry, Cork City and Enniscorthy.
- On 17th April a celebration called ‘Eat, sing, celebrate – enlist with the women of Cumann na mBan’ takes place at The Athenaeum, Enniscorthy and will be a wonderful afternoon of poetry and song.
- On 2nd April Glen Hansard with friends and collaborators celebrate Ireland 2016, guaranteed to be a musical treat.
- The Triskel Arts Centre in Cork will host a visual arts installation over Easter weekend by artist Aideen Barry, grandniece of Tom Barry, exploring the position of women in Ireland across 100 years of independence.
- April 24th is a family day to mark the 1916 events that took place in Fingal including re-enactments, live performances and the unveiling of a public art commission.
- On April 25, a ceremony at County Buildings, Galway will involve the reading of the Proclamation, a minute’s silence, sounding of the Last Post, raising of the National Flag, and National Anthem.
If you and your family are on a short break in Ireland over the next few months check out what’s happening in the area!