Dublin Remembers 1916 Programme of Events

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Sinn_Fein_Prisoner, 1916 - Courtesy of Dublin City Public Libraries

Dublin City Council invited Dubliners and visitors alike to engage with the 1916 Rising commemorations programme in the city in 2016. In remembering and reflecting on this pivotal event in Dublin and Ireland’s history, Ardmhéara/Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh encouraged the public "to participate in the many planned events this year as communities are at the heart of this commemoration programme."


Accepting the ELGA for Commemorations & CentenariesExcellence in Local Government Award

Dublin Remembers 1916 - 2016: Is Cuimhin Linn has won the Commemorations & Centenaries Award at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards (24 November 2016)

Photo: Accepting the award. Image courtesy of Chambers Ireland (click to enlarge)


Download the Dublin City Council 1916/2016 Centenary Programme (pdf, 2.9mb).

Twitter hashtag: #Dublin1916 | Short URL: http://bit.ly/Dublin1916-Programme

Events took place in the following locations:

  • City Hall
  • Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
  • Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive
  • The Gallery of Photography (GoP)
  • The LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council Arts Office
  • Liberty Hall

Programme Headings:

  • Ceremonial
  • Permanent Reminders
  • Lectures / Talks
  • Lecture Series
  • Conferences
  • Drama / Music / Film
  • An Teanga Bheo / The Living Language
  • Exhibitions - In Libraries | In City Hall | In The LAB Gallery | In Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane | In The Gallery of Photography
  • Festivals - Dublin: One City, One Book | Dublin Festival of History
  • Youth and Imagination
  • Digital Collections - incl. Elsie McDermid letter, Fire Brigade Logbook, Monica Roberts Collection.
  • Publications
  • Community Participation

Exhibition in Pearse St Library

Above: Citizens in Conflict: Dublin 1916 - Exhibition.

Historical Background

GPO Ruins, 1916 - Courtesy of Dublin City Public LibrariesThe 1916 Rising was an armed insurrection lasting six days from Easter Monday 24th – Saturday 29th April 1916 with the aim of ending British rule in Ireland and establishing an Irish Republic. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798. Led by Pádraig Pearse and James Connolly, the Irish Volunteers took over the GPO on O’Connell Street and key locations around the city were occupied by members of the Irish Citizen Army, Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan. The Irish tricolour was raised over the building and Pearse went outside to read the proclamation declaring Ireland to be a republic. Following on from days of bloody fighting and shelling of buildings from the gun boat Helga on the river Liffey, the Rising was finally suppressed and the leaders surrendered. They were first imprisoned in Richmond Barracks and then the leaders were court-martialed and executed at Kilmainham Gaol. Loyal Volunteers On Duty At GPO - Military Passing - Courtesy of Dublin City Public LibrariesMany of the Volunteers who had taken part in the Rising were sent to internment camps in England and Wales.

Dublin City Council is proud to have supported and enabled the Ireland 2016 state programme of formal commemorative events in Dublin during 2016 for the centenary of the 1916 Rising.