Events 1916/2016 A list of all the events which took place in Co. Kildare, including those organised, supported or facilitated by County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee. 2015 14 May. A public consultation was held in the Osprey Hotel, Naas to discuss how Co. Kildare could commemorate the 1916 Rising 20 May. Members of the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee visited Árdscoil na Tríonoide, Athy to ask the pupils what they wanted to see and do in the centenary year. 10 June. Patrician Primary School pupils presented their play ‘Off to the Front’ in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, as part of June Fest. 11 June. Minister Heather Humphreys visited Áras Chill Dara, Naas where an honour guard was provided by Patrician Primary pupils in British Army uniform in remembrance of the Newbridge men who died in World War I. 10 July. Sixty-six Decade of Commemorations grants were confirmed to local groups. 6 August. Ardclough-Celbridge-Leixlip 1916 Rising Commemoration Committee began its programme with a talk ‘Tom Clarke, Father of the Irish Republic,’ by Jim Doyle, in Celbridge Community Library. 5 September. James Durney, Co. Kildare Historian in Residence began his series of lectures ‘Foremost and ready. Kildare and 1916,’ to Kildare Printmakers in Clane Parish Hall. 7 September. Celbridge Local History Group Lecture Series ‘Art O’Connor,’ by James Durney, Celbridge Community Library. 29 September. Castledermot Local History Group Lecture Series, ‘Foremost and ready. Kildare and 1916,’ by James Durney, Teach Diarmada Community Centre. 1 October. Mary Hannon, a pupil of St. Raphael’s Special School, Celbridge, was presented with the national flag by members of the Defence Forces to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Mary’s great-grandfather Michael Lynch, from Milford, Kilmaine, Co. Mayo, was a commandant in the South Mayo Brigade, IRA. 8 October. Second class pupil, Sam Wynne, had the honour of receiving the national flag and Proclamation at St. Patrick’s National School, Newbridge. His great-grandfather and great-granduncle Patrick and John Moore fought in the GPO. 37