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Limerick City and County Council launch 1916 Centenary Programme



The 1916 centenary programme was launched this past Monday night the 7th December by Cllr Liam Galvin Mayor of Limerick city and county. The launch took place in the Granary Library, Michael Street, Limerick. The programme sees an amazing line up of events set to take place next year to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the landmark event in our history that was the Easter 1916 Rising.

The programme was led by Limerick City and County Council and under the guidance of the the local 1916 Co-ordinator. Interested local groups, organisation and individuals took part in the planning and implementation of this programme, if it was not for the hours of planning and dedication given by the local people involved the programme would not be the success it is expected to be.

Michael O’Reilly, who was involved in planning this coming years’ events, said that he expects the events at local and national level to have massive support and that there are even strong signs of people making trips home.

Cllr Liam Galvin, Mayor of Limerick City and County, also expects there to major support from the community in these events. “It’s all about the public” he stated as he explained that people sent in their own ideas for the programme. Mayor Galvin and the others that worked together onplanning the events then picked out what they thought would be accepted by the department. When asked what he enjoyed most about the lead up to this event attending the primary schools with Irish flags was definitely his favourite, “it was wonderful to see young boys and girls singing Amhrán na bhFiann, gaining interest in the irish flag and interest in the 1916 rising”. He then went on to say, “If we gain nothing else, the young people across the city and county are after learning the history of the 1916 rising and that is wonderful”.


Some of the events planned:

  • Re-enactment march involving 300 Irish Volunteers will venture to Glenquin Castle where they will receive a shipment of arms.
  • ‘Roots of Rising’ will feature the family history of Ned Daly and Con Colbert held by Limerick Genealogy.
  • Memorials Gardens will be erected in four places around Limerick, Limerick City, Newcastle West, Killmalock and Rathkeele.
  • An exhibition of drawings by Ashlinn O’Keefe entitled ‘As if she had the right to be there’, the exhibition is in relation to women’s involvement in Ireland struggle for independence.
  • A nationwide relay run ‘Rith 2016’ will celebrate the Irish language will take place in Limerick on March, 8, 2016.
  • ‘1916 today’ will feature an anthology of reactions by Limerick Writers Centre.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.