County Kildare’s 2016 Programme was officially launched on Sunday, 25 October 2015, in McAuley Place, Naas, following the unveiling of a memorial statue of John Devoy at Poplar Square, Naas. The launch of the programme was the culmination of a week-long series of events organised by the Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations Committee. Events during that week included the launch of Tom Nelson’s book Through Peace and War. Kildare County Council in the years of revolution, 1899-1926, in Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas on 19 October; the re-publication of Terry Golway’s Irish rebel: John Devoy and America’s Fight For Ireland’s Freedom, by Merrion Press, Sallins; the launch of Foremost and ready: Kildare and the 1916 Rising by Kildare Historian in Residence, James Durney, in Naas Town Hall. Kildare County Council also hosted two concerts in Naas Town Hall for local residents and American visitors who had travelled home for the unveiling of the memorial to John Devoy:‘The Percy French Story’ by Mona Conroy and Owen C. Lynch, performed on 23 and 24 October. The County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups hosted their annual seminar in the Kilcullen Heritage Centre on 24 October, with guest speaker, Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin, who delivered an illustrated talk on his grandfather, 1916 veteran, Domhnall Ua Buachalla, from Maynooth. Programme Launch 11