John Devoy – The Greatest of the Fenians, a documentary film by Donal Higgins, was premiered on 20 January 2016 at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. Secondary school students were invited to the first screening which was followed by a Question and Answer session with Donal and James Durney, Kildare’s Historian in Residence. Teacher Fiona Whiteley of the Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge, said: “I had the privilege of bringing our third year students to the first screening of the new John Devoy documentary and it was absolutely fantastic to have the questions and answer sessions afterwards. The students thoroughly enjoyed it.” The film was also shown for a general audience later that evening and received a great response. The County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee supported the Collins Press publication, Shackleton – The Voyage of the James Caird: A Graphic Account by Gavin McCumiskey and David Butler. Kildare Local Studies Department visited ten schools to talk about Ernest Shackleton and his County Kildare connections. Wasteland, an open-air drama devised by Griese Youth Theatre, was performed at The Meeting House, Ballitore, Co. Kildare, on 16 September 2016, from a script written by Jim Burke. Minister Heather Humphreys attended the launch of Through Peace and War: Kildare County Council in the Years of Revolution, 1899-1926 by Thomas Nelson on 19 October 2015. Students of the Patrician Primary School, Newbridge formed a Guard of Honour at the ceremony, dressed in military uniforms. They had travelled to Flanders Fields in 2014 to commemorate Newbridge men who had died in the World War I. At the County Kildare Closing Ceremony on 10 December 2016 in Áras Chill Dara, the prize winners of the county poetry and lapel pin competitions received their awards from Mayor of County Kildare, Councillor Ivan Keatley, in the presence of Kildare’s centenarians, parents, teachers, councillors and national politicians. It was a fitting end to a memorable year. A competition for school children to design a 1916/2016 Lapel Pin formed part of the countywide programme. The winner was Luke Hand, aged nine years, of St. Brigid’s National School, Ballysax, whose clear and relevant design which incorporated a St. Bridget’s Cross and the year 1916, took the imagination of the county by storm. The pin was distributed to all libraries and schools in County Kildare. 17 September 2016 – County Kildare Play Day at Áras Chill Dara focused on children and the social history of 1916, including games, food, clothing and an immersive theatre piece for children as part of the History Live series.   25