To mark the centenary of the rescue of the Endurance crew from Elephant Island, the Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Ivan Keatley unveiled a statue of Ernest Shackleton, created by Mark Richards, on 30 August 2016, at Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare. The special guest was The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of the explorer, with an Honour Guard and Colour Party of the Irish Naval Service in attendance. Jack L. sang The Wearing of the Green. Commemorative Gardens were established in Kildare Town, Leixlip, and Devoy Park, Naas. A Proclamation stone and seven granite pillars featured in all three, while Proclamation stones were also laid in Newtown, Robertstown and Castledermot. Offaly led the way with the unveiling of a monument to Eamon Broy at Coolygagan Cemetery on 17 September 2016. The guest of honour was his daughter, Áine Broy. Members of the Defence Forces visited every national school in County Kildare with a copy of the Proclamation and the national flag. In Two-Mile-House Sergt. James Pearse, a descendant of James Connolly, presented the flag to his son Shaun. A memorial to a detachment of Laois Volunteers was unveiled on 31 December 2016 at Maganey Cross to commemorate an action at Maganey, County Kildare, on Easter Sunday night, 1916. The official Closing Ceremony of the 1916/2016 programme was held in Áras Chill Dara, on 10 December 2016. The guests of honour were the Kildare centenarians. It was followed by a presentation of prizes to local school children. 15