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Kildare County Council 2016 Commemoration Events

Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemoration Committee invites you to join in our 2016 programme of events. Full details of Kildare’s 2016 programme can be found on www.kildare2016.ie and by following us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kildaredecadeofcommemorations.

 

The Songs of the Rising

We want your vote, let us know the song you most identify with 1916.

Kildare County Council's Decade of Commemoration Committee in association with KFM Radio has selected 16 songs to vote on, or add your own favourite tune. Songs range from 'God Save Ireland' to 'The Foggy Dew'.

Go online and vote www.kildare2016.ie/songs-of-the-1916-rising.

 

We also want you to join us at these great events

The Road to Rebellion

Philip Scott sings the songs of the Rising, with readings by Liam Quinlivan. Special guests: Sophie O’Carroll (soprano) and Donal Hennessy (pianist). Tickets for the concerts are free of charge and must be booked in advance at www.riverbank.ie.

Dates/Venues:

26 March 2016, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 7.30 p.m.

28 March 2016, Carton House, Maynooth, 3.30 p.m. 

2 April 2016, Athy Arts Centre, 7.30 p. m.

23 April 2016, Castletown House, Celbridge, 7.30 p.m.

24 April 2016, Town Hall, Naas, 7.30 p.m.

 

Éamonn O’Modhráin-A Revolutionary Journey Exhibition

Venue From To

Kildare Library

4 April 2016

23 April 2016

Leixlip Library

3 May 2016

21 May 2016

Athy Library

13 June 2016

2 July 2016

Naas Library

2 August 2016

20 August 2016

Celbridge Library

5 September 2016

24 September 2016

Maynooth Library

3 October 2016

22 October 2016

Newbridge Library

1 November 2016

19 November 2016

Discovered by chance, while clearing out an attic, inside a large metal container by family member Robert Doyle, the O’Modhráin family’s documents and personal effects displayed in this exhibition give a unique insight into Irish nationalism at a local level. The exhibition will travel around the library network until the end of 2016.

 

Irish Life and Lore

Launch of the 1916 Rising Oral History collection, including County Kildare participants with Historian, Maurice O’Keeffe.

Date/Venue:

24 March 2016, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 7 p.m.

 

Monasterevin Rising

The event includes a reading of the Proclamation at the Fr. Edward Prendergast monument, a parade and re-enactments.

Date/Venue:

26 March 2016, Market Square and Community Centre, Monasterevin, 12 noon.

 

Conquered Not We Were

A site specific play written and directed by Martina Reilly in association with An Nuadha Players, Maynooth, to honour the men of Maynooth who walked to Dublin on Easter Monday to take part in the Rising.

Date/Venue:

26 March 2016 and 28 March 2016, start at Maynooth College and walk to Carton House via Carton Avenue, 6.45 p.m. 

 

Maynooth Flag Raising Ceremony

The Flagship event of the centenary year in Maynooth is the annual wreath laying ceremony. The ceremony includes a reading of the proclamation, a blessing and laying of the wreath, raising of the national flag, The Last Post and the National Anthem. It is a fitting way to remember the 'Maynooth 15' 100 years on. Following the ceremony a street festival will take place including bouncing castles, military vehicles display and face painting. A battle display will also take place in the harbour field. Throughout the day entertainment on the square will include traditional Irish music and dancing, Maynooth band and local singer Barry Smith

Date/Venue:

28 March 2016, Maynooth Square, Maynooth, 12 Noon.

This is a free public event.

 

The Making of Her-story

Meet the feisty, indomitable women of 1916. Six talented actors present fascinating stories against the backdrop of the Easter Rising. Devised and directed by Anne Mekitarian and Bredha Sexton.

Dates/Venue:

Tuesday, 5 April to Saturday, 9 April and Thursday, 14 April to Saturday, 16 April 2016, Moat Theatre, Naas, 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at www.moattheatre.com

 

Little Stories Little Prints-A 1916 Commemorative Visual Arts Project through Printmaking

The Leinster Printmaking Studio, Clane, with support from Kildare County Council Library and Arts Services is undertaking a year long programme of exhibitions and workshops to create awareness of little known events or incidents during or around the time of the Easter Rising in 1916.

Date/Venue:

Launch: 8 April 2016 at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 7 p.m.

Exhibition continues until 30 April 2016.

 

A Step Back in Time-Athy in 1916

Experience everyday life in Athy as you step back in time to the year 1916. Interact with Irish Volunteers, R.I.C. men and the people of the period. There will be vintage cars, high nellies and games on the Square. Visit the exhibition ‘Athy in 1916’ in the Museum, including the ‘Big House Scene.’ Take a guided town walk. There will be a special appearance by the replica Sliabh na mBan, arguably Ireland’s most famous car and much more.

Date/Venue:

9 April 2016, Athy Heritage Centre Museum and Emily Square, 12 noon.

Accompanying exhibition runs until 17 April 2016.

Free entry.

 

A Terrible Beauty Exposed!

A play devised by Mario Corrigan and James Durney in conjunction with director Lianne O'Shea, to focus young minds to interpret the Easter Rising, war, death and destruction through the eyes of the participants-rebel, soldier and civilian. The audience become jurors in an imagined trial of General Sir John Maxwell and Pádraig Pearse, President of the newly proclaimed Provisional Government of the Irish Republic.

 Dates/Venue:

7 April 2016 and 8 April 2016, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 12 noon (schools) and 8 p.m. (public)

 

Easter 1916-A Rebel’s Heart

Original composition by Elaine Nolan performed by orchestra and local choirs.

Date/Venue:

10 April 2016, St. Mary’s Church, Maynooth at 8.00 p.m.

 

Maynooth 1916 Centenary Walk

The day will commence with a guided walking tour of Maynooth that will explain Maynooth’s role before, during and after the 1916 Rising. The tour will finish at the Scouts’ Den where there will be a display of memorabilia. The attendees will then proceed to re-enact the walk to Dublin along the Royal Canal undertaken by the Maynooth 15. A barge will accompany the group to provide refreshments and breaks to facilitate those who are unable to make the full walk on foot. On arrival at the G.P.O. at circa 6 p.m., a wreath will be laid and the Proclamation, previously delivered by Padraig Pearse, will be read. 

Date/Venue:

23 April 2016, Maynooth, 12 noon.

 

1916 Sackville Street Project

The aim of 1916 Sackville Street Art Project (re-named O’Connell Street in 1924) is to hold an exhibition of houses in any 3D art form commemorating the lives of the ordinary civilians that were killed in the 1916 Easter Rising. 485 people were killed in the Easter Rising 1916, 262 of these were civilians. The objective of the Project is to tell their story by constructing 262 art houses representing each of the civilians killed.

Dates/Venue:

1-22 May 2016, Town Hall, Newbridge, 12 noon-4 p.m.

 

Robertstown Village Fayre-The 1916 Story

The story of Captain Henry de Courcy Wheeler of Robertstown, who brought the surrender document to many of the 1916 Dublin garrisons, will be retold during this community event.

Date/Venue:

19 June 2016, Robertstown, 12 noon.

 

Revolution-Public Art Trail

Artist Paul Woods will mount several large-scale artworks in locations in the town; complemented with an audio-guide this trail will generate dialogue about the Kildare men and women involved in 1916.

Date/Venue:

May-September 2016 at various locations around Naas

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