2016 1 January. Children from the Scoil Mhuire Choir, Newbridge, sang at the launch of the 1916 State Commemorative Programme at the National Convention Centre, Dublin, which was recorded for national broadcast. “The boys and girls are so excited to be part of this landmark event,” said teacher Louise Moore “and it will be a wonderful way to kick-start our own school’s 40th anniversary celebrations.” A ceremonial Flag Raising began the 1916 celebrations in Maynooth at 12 noon. The flag was designed by former Ceremonial Sergeant of the Defence Forces, Paul Clark. The flag flew in Courthouse Square, Maynooth for the year. Michael Quinn, Maynooth was co-ordinator of the International Poetry Competition organised by Reclaim the Vision of 1916, a self-funded citizens’ initiative. The event was run under the theme ‘The Vision of 1916: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ with first prize the Thomas McDonagh Medal. 12 January-1 June: ‘Kildare and the 1916 Rising’ presentation with Mario Corrigan and James Durney, Kildare Library Service, was delivered to 96 schools. 19 January. Pat Nally, Coonough, launched a booklet, ‘Carbury 1916 Rising and the War of Independence.’ 20 January. The first screening of the documentary John Devoy. The Greatest of the Fenians by film maker Donal Higgins, Naas, took place in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. 25 January. ‘Little Stories, Little Prints: A 1916 Commemorative Visual Arts Project through Printmaking,’ launched a year-long programme of exhibitions and workshops at the Little Museum of Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green. Devised and coordinated by Pamela de Brí, assisted by Margaret Becker, director and studio manager of the Leinster Printmaking Studio, with support from Kildare County Council Arts and Library Services, the show involved fifteen artists from the Kildare area. 26 January. Castledermot Local History Group Lecture Series, ‘Archaeology of the Easter Rising’ by Franc Myles, Teach Diarmada Community Centre. 30 January. Naas Art Group hosted the presentation ‘Foremost and ready, Kildare and the 1916 Rising,’ by James Durney at Naas Care of the Aged Centre. 4 February. On Grandparents’ Day, Hannah O’Connor, a senior infant pupil in Presentation Girls School, Maynooth, paid tribute to her ancestor, Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, by re-enacting the delivery of the rebels’ surrender document. 9 February. ‘Kildare and the 1916 Rising,’ presentation by Mario Corrigan, Athy Heritage Centre. 39