A statue of John Devoy was unveiled by the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Brendan Weld, and the U.S. Ambassador, Kevin O’Malley, in Poplar Square, Naas, on 25 October 2015. The statue was funded by the Kildare Association of New York, Kildare County Council and Naas Local History Group. John Devoy – The Greatest of the Fenians project was shortlisted at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government awards in the category Heritage and Built Environment. The statue was created by Jarlath Daly. The County Kildare Centenary Programme was launched on 25 October 2015, in McAuley Place, Naas. The Maynooth 1916 Centenary Committee was set up by local organisations and was made up of representatives from St. Mary’s Band, Maynooth, 8th Kildare Maynooth Scouts, the Maynooth History Society and ex-Defence Forces organisations. Its aim was to organise a commemoration with a particular focus on the local men that marched from Maynooth to the GPO, Dublin during the Rising. The re-enactment, which took place on 23 April 2016, saw people walk from Maynooth, along the canalside to the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, where they were received by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The County Kildare 1916 Commemorative Garden was unveiled on 24 April 2016 at Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas by the Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Brendan Weld. The Proclamation was read by schoolchildren from Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara, Nás na Ríogh, and the musical accompaniment was provided by the Kildare County Council Choir in a beautiful, solemn ceremony. The Maynooth Committee raised the Maynooth 15 Flag in the Square, Maynooth, on New Year’s Day 2016 and lowered it on 31 December 2016. The flag now hangs in Maynooth Community Library. Proclamation Day on 15 March 2016 was a tremendous success throughout County Kildare. An extensive programme of formal commemorative events focused on remembering and honouring those who took part in the Easter Rising, and especially those who gave their lives. Beidh clár fairsing d’imeachtaí foirmiúla comóraidh ann a bheidh dírithe ar na daoine sin a thabhairt chun cuimhne agus urraim a léiriú dóibh siúd a ghlac páirt in Éirí Amach na Cásca, agus go háirithe iad siúd a thug a mbeo sa troid. 1 State Ceremonial Searmanais Stáit 14