Athy 1916 – 2016, A Step Back in Time, took place on 9 April 2016 in Athy Heritage Centre-Museum and Emily Square, was an experience of everyday life in Athy in 1916. People mingled with Irish Volunteers, British soldiers, R.I.C. men and people in the dress of the period. An exhibition, ‘Athy in 1916,’ was held in the museum. The Rebellion Run, (including the Maynooth 10K Run or Family 5K Walk), took place on 24 April 2016 from the Maynooth Education Campus with several hundred people taking part. One of the many highlights of the county programme was the County Kildare Play Day, an annual community based festival of fun and participation, held in the grounds of Áras Chill Dara, on 17 September 2016. Local History and Community Groups were to the fore in publishing material and organising events – notable inclusions were the Leixlip History Club Essay Competition in February; the Ardclough–Celbridge– Leixlip 1916 Rising Commemoration Calendar and Lecture Series; The Curragh Local History Group, Rathangan Community Group, Naas Local History Group, the Teresa Brayton Heritage Group, Newbridge Local History Group and Cill Dara Historical Society, all published books on 1916, and the latter included a copy of the Proclamation on its annual calendar. Narraghmore Vintage Club held a 1916 themed celebration on 28 December 2016 with participation from the Narraghmore Development Association, Griese Youth Theatre Group, Kildoon High Nelly Bicycle Club, Narraghmore Pipe Band and Kildare Encouraging widespread citizen engagement in 1916 related events, involving the broadest possible community and voluntary sector participation in towns and villages throughout the country. Saoránaigh a spreagadh le páirt a ghlacadh in imeachtaí a bhainfidh le 1916, sa chaoi is go mbeidh an rannpháirtíocht is mó is féidir ag na hearnálacha deonacha agus pobail i mbailte agus i sráidbhailte ar fud na tíre. 6 Community Participation Rannpháirtíocht Phobail 30