Dublin Remembers the 1916 Rising
Dublin City Council invites Dubliners and visitors alike to engage with the 1916 Rising commemorations programme planned for the city in 2016. The 1916 commemorative programmes of all the local authorities were launched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, at Kilmainham today (8th October).
The Dublin City Council programme consists of exhibitions, publications, artistic works, children’s events, digitised collections, lectures and round-table discussions, ceremonial events and much more.
Speaking at the launch an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said:
“Agus muid ag comóradh 1916 caithfimid a chinntiú go mbeidh an pobal ag croí lár na n-imeachtaí comórtha; ná déanaimis dearmad ar sin. The most important thing about remembering 1916 is that we have to ensure that communities are at the heart of the commemorations. I am delighted that Dublin City Council will commemorate the 1916 Rising with a comprehensive programme of events and exhibitions, including a scheme of community grants allocating funds to 202 groups across the city to organise commemorative events in their area. I welcome this community participation and encourage Dubliners and visitors to engage with the history of this pivotal event in our history.”
Highlights of the programme include the reworking of the Story of the Capital Exhibition in City Hall to put the City’s copy of the Proclamation at the centre of a 1916 Room. The Proclamation has been expertly conserved, and was gifted to the citizens by the family of Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, who accompanied Patrick Pearse when he surrendered.
The City Council’s Assistant Chief Executive Brendan Kenny remarked:
“Dublin was at the heart of the 1916 Rising and Dublin City Council is proud to present this commemorative programme. We are looking forward to delivering two of the State’s seven 2016 ‘permanent reminder’ projects: the restoration of Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, scene of the 1916 courts martial and No. 14 Henrietta Street, which will trace the life of a Dublin townhouse from Georgian opulence to tenement living as lived by many Dubliners in 1916.”
The location of the various 1916 garrison sites around the City will be marked by commemorative plaques and a major exhibition at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, will have a particular focus on eye-witness accounts and on the civilians killed in the Rising.
The City Council is also supporting Dubliner Jimmy Wren’s The GPO Garrison Easter 1916: a biographical dictionary which promises to settle once-and-for-all the arguments over who was in the GPO.
Dublin City Council will be adding to the programme over the next few weeks and months and full details will be published on http://dublincity.ie/decadeofcommemorations.
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