Kildare County Council supported mainstream publications during the year:- • Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America’s Fight for Ireland’s Freedom by Terry Golway (Merrion Press). • Shackleton: The Voyage of the James Caird by Gavin Comiskey and David Butler, a graphic novel (Collins Press). • Seven Signatories by Paul Gorry (Merrion Press). • The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection (Irish Life and Lore); launched in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, on 24 March 2016. A commemorative plaque was unveiled on 25 July 2016 for 1916 veteran Michael Heffernan in Tea Lane Cemetery, Celbridge. He was buried there in an unmarked grave in 1954. 2016 Lecture Series – From January to December the Kildare Local Studies Executive Librarian, Mario Corrigan and James Durney, Historian in Residence, undertook a mammoth lecture tour of the county, visiting primary and secondary schools. The specially designed 1916 presentation covered topics such as the Proclama- tion, the 1916 Rising and Co. KIldare, the Irish Volunteers and the aftermath of the Rising. Throughout the county enthusiastic speakers gave presentations on a wide range of subjects such as Tom Clarke, the father of the Republic, Domhnall Ua Buachalla, Pat Colgan, Jim O’Neill, Mná 1916, Kildare men and the Battle of the Somme, Ernest Shackleton, William Francis Roantree, the Forgotten Fenian from Leixlip, and Roger Casement. An investment in replica Volunteer and Cumann na mBan uniforms, weapons, flags and other memorabilia used by the rebels and Crown forces proved enormously worthwhile. Local groups availed of the opportunity to borrow theses items and they formed part of the schools lecture series. 19