Here’s some events to mark 1916 you should try not to miss

Here’s must see events that are taking place around the country in 2016.

By Joanne McDonagh


1616-1916 – The Road to the Rising:

The culture, music and songs that sustained generations and inspired the men and women of 1916. Music by ‘The Bonny Men’ under the direction of Maitiú Ó Casaide, TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2015 and musical director of the internationally acclaimed Fighting Irish concert of The Gathering Ireland 2013.

Where: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire When: 17.02.16, 8:00pm


1916: An Exhibition Changed Utterly:

Cavan County Museum will recreate a 1916 Dublin scene within the existing Peace Garden to include a replica of the GPO with information panels covering topics including the 1913 Lockout, Foundation of the Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan, the Proclamation, the volunteer split and infiltration of the IRB, Leaders of the Rising, defeat and executions, Cavan and 1916. The exhibition will also explore the journey to the Battle of the Somme. The Peace Garden will include a designated area of remembrance and reflection.

Where: Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan When: Start 01.03.16

1916 Exhibition:

Major exhibition comprising story of Monaghan before and after the 1916 rising, using artefacts, images, and footage. Developed in partnership with Professor Terence Dooley, Maynooth University Monaghan County Museum

Where: Monaghan Town When: Start 01.03.16

Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre’s ‘16 Revolted Women’

This production will be ‘a play within a play’ whereby the audience at first are witnessing the stories of the women of 1916 but as the play develops, the voices of the actors, the writer, the director and the producer all begin to emerge to engage in a generative dialogue with the characters on what has become of Ireland 100 years on from 1916 and their hopes for Ireland 100 yearrs from now. The ‘fourth wall’ of the theatre is broken when these women of 2016 become part of the performance and begin to sensitively draw the audience into the dialogue too. In this regard this play will truly : Remember Reflect and Re-Imagine.

Where: Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre’s, Wicklow. When: 01.03.16-01.10.16

The Women of 1916:

On International Women’s Day Dublin City Council and Ireland 2016 will celebrate the significant role played by women in the 1916 Rising, focussing in particular on the 77 women held in Richmond Barracks after the Rising.  

Where: Richmond Barracks When: 08.03.16

Kildare Archaeological Society Seminar–1916 Remembered:

A comprehensive seminar examining the role of County Kildare during this tumultuous period. Guest Speaker Roy Foster.

Where: Killashee House, Naas, Co. Kildare When: 23.03.16

1916 Gardens of Remembrance:

Two gardens of remembrance will be opened in two of our public parks, one on the east side and one on the west side of the county. These gardens featuring a granite copy of the 1916 Proclamation flagpole and seven trees to represent the seven signatories of the proclamation will be enduring legacies of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

Where: Garden of Remembrance When26.03.16

Easter Monday 2016 in conjunction with Cork County Council:

Commemorative ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Rising. Events will be held at St. Francis Hall on Sheares Street, the home of the Cork Volunteers, and at the National Monument on Grand Parade. A synchronised wreathlaying ceremony will be held at 1.15 p.m. – the time that the first shots of the 1916 Rising were fired.

Where: Grand Parad, Cork City and St. Francis Hall  When: 28.03.16


1916 Commemorative Paintings:

Local artist Paul Galligan presents a series of paintings on the Rising including portraits of the seven signatories of the Proclamation, scenes of the destruction of Dublin and Cavan’s involvement in the Rising including portraits of Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, Peter Paul Galligan and Agnes O’Farrelly

Where: Johnston Central Library, Cavan Town When: 01.04.16

County Carlow 1916 Commemoration:

Open air commemorative event which will include a reading of the Proclamation, wreath laying, raising of the national flag, playing of the national anthem, speech by An Cathaoirleach, sounding of the Last Post & Reveille and a minute’s silence.

Where: Carlow town When: 03.04.16

Moonfish Theatre: Immersive 1916 Library Bus Show:

This is no ordinary Library Bus. The books in this bus are doorways to the past – open one, and you don’t know where you might end up. Performances in English and Irish.

Where: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare Countywide locations When: Starts 11.04.16

1916 Rising Centenary Celebration Art Exhibition (100):

A mixed medial visual art exhibition hosted by Athlone Art & Tourism which will feature the interpretive artistic responses of professional visual artists from around the Country to the 1916 Rising Centenary Theme.

Where: Luan Gallery Athlone When: 15.04.16

Walk of the Maynooth Volunteers to the GPO in 1916: The Maynooth 1916 Centenary Committee commemoration of the walk by 15 Volunteers from Maynooth to Dublin and their participation in the GPO garrison.

Where:Start at Maynooth Town Square and walk to Dublin via the Royal Canal; arrival ceremony at GPO, Dublin When: 23.04.16 12:00pm

The Plough and the Stars Play:

This provocative play is essential to the understanding of the legacy of the 1916 Rising. Director Sean Holmes will bring a challenging perspective to O’Casey’s masterpiece.

Where: Abbey Theatre When: 09.03.16-23.04.16


19. A military parade:

Combined with a day of commemoration including street theatre and outdoor family events will be held in Castlebar on Sunday 1st May 2016. This will be supported by Mayo’s Public Participation Network and Mayo Art Squad.

Where: Castlebar When: 01.05.16

Castlelyons Thomas Kent Ceremonial Event:

A Community Ceremonial Event for Thomas Kent will be held at his hometown of Castlelyons and will include the involvement of the entire community. The day will feature a range of different events including the unveiling of a commemorative monument to mark the centenary of 1916 and the execution of Thomas Kent. Castlelyons 1916 Commemoration Committee

Where: Castlelyons, County Cork When: 15.05.16


An innovative event which will bring together speakers from international, national and local backgrounds to engage in “conversational dialogue” with attending audiences who wish to discuss, debate and examine the content of the The Proclamation.

Where: Nenagh Arts Centre  When: 20–22.05.16


Remembering Éamonn Ceannt: 

In association with the Galway Sessions, the leading uilleann and bagpipers from Ireland, Scotland and the USA will be invited to commemorate the life and work of Éamonn Ceannt, Galwegian, 1916 Proclamation signatory, Easter Rising leader, piper and the founder member of Na Píobairí Uilleann, during a week-long festival from 13th – 19th June 2016. The week long commemoration will include a seminar programme alongside a special exhibition in Galway City Museum, with outdoor concerts, street events, international pipe band parade, etc. A new work will be commissioned for pipes and string quartet in association with the Contempo Quartet, Galway Ensemble in Residence. This is an event organised locally in Galway with a national and international impact

Where: Galway City When: 13.06.16-19.06.16


Paths to Freedom RTÉ broadcaster and historian Dr. Myles Dungan accompanied by leading academics and entertainers presents a unique package of lectures, presentations and shows to remember the Rising, 100 years on. This is a two-part commemorative project comprising a day-long programme of talks and presentations on 1916 and its legacy and an evening performance of the songs and music of the era.

Where: Cavan town When: 04.08.16

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