Easter Rising centenary events announced
The planned events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising next year have been announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
There will be numerous exhibits, performances, marches and several more activities that will take place throughout the whole of 2016, both in Ireland and abroad.
The Easter Rising was one of the biggest events in Irish history. During the midst of the First World War, a group of Irish republicans fought in Dublin for independence before being eventually defeated by the British Army.
Nationalists fought for Irish freedom
The Irish government has committed a €22m fund to mark the anniversary with a series of events taking part under seven key strands; State Ceremonial; Historical Reflection; An Teanga Bheo/The Living Language; Youth and Imagination; Cultural Expression; Community Participation; Global and Diaspora.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “There are some moments in history when a seed is sown and the old order changes forever.
“Easter 1916 was a moment when Irish nationalism joined forces with a revolutionary cultural and language movement to forge an irresistible campaign towards self-determination.
“It is important that the Irish people have the opportunity to come together to celebrate and have pride in Ireland’s independence, and to honour those who gave their lives so that the dream of self-determination could become a reality”.
One of the key exhibits will be at the National Museum of Ireland, with archival materials from the Easter Rising will be displayed.
Schools will fly the Irish flag
March 15th 2016 will be made ‘Proclamation Day’ in Irish schools, with each one being sent an Irish national flag to fly and children been encouraged to write their own version of the proclamation based on the values they have today.
There will be a live television broadcast from several venues on Easter Monday, as the Rising will be marked by numerous performers in dance, drama and music.
The role of women during the Rising will also be recognised, and the families of the leaders will be invited to take part in ceremonies across the country.
There are also events planned around the world for people of Irish heritage to mark the centenary, with the Irish Embassies working with locals in various major cities including London and Washington.