43 26 March. A ceremony organised by Celbridge Guided Tours to mark the 1916 Rising took place at the Slip at Castletown House gates. It included songs, a reading of the Proclamation and a raising of the Tricolour. ‘Conquered Not We Were’ written and directed by Martina Reilly, was staged by An Nuadha Players at St. Patrick’ College, Maynooth. Monasterevin 1916 events started with a parade including local Scouts, Athy Pipe Band and the Lord Edward’s Own Re-enactment Group. A wreath was laid at the 1798 monument and children read the proclamation. There was a large scale re-enactment of the Battle of South Dublin Union. A state event in the RDS, Dublin, on Easter Saturday, 26 March for over 4,500 relatives of those who participated in the Rising was attended by many Co. Kildare participants’ families, including Colette Collins, Booleigh, who wore the 1916 medals of her late father, James Prendergast. Roger and Viv O’Neill, grandchildren of Commandant James O’Neill, Leixlip, came from Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa, for the 1916 Commemorations. O’Neill, a veteran of 1916, replaced James Connolly as leader of the Irish Citizen Army. An Easter Rising event was run by Leixlip St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. It began at the Fire Station, Mill Lane, and proceeded to the family home of Irish Citizen Army leader, James O’Neill, located at the top of Black Avenue. Captain Deirdre Carbery, (Naas) Defence Forces, was Master of Ceremonies at the State 1916 commemoration at the GPO. She paid tribute to her great-grandfather, Charles Carbery, who served with rebel leader Éamonn Ceannt during the Rising. ‘Road to Rebellion: Songs that roused a nation,’ the first of five countywide concerts, written by Mario Corrigan, held in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. Philip Scott, Sophie O’Carroll, Donal Hennessey and Liam Quinlivan performed music and readings contemporary to 1916. 27 March. A 1916 Plaque of Remembrance was unveiled at the Kildare Town Commemorative Garden on Easter Sunday morning in the presence of Mary O’Connor, chairperson of Kildare Town Heritage Group and Pat Allen, President of Kildare Town Historical Society, local councillors and members of the public. Joe Harris, nephew of Tom Harris, 1916 veteran, unveiled a plaque of the Proclamation in Newtown village on Easter Sunday. The Naas Easter Parade took place to coincide with the celebrations around the county. The theme of parade was the 1916 Rising. Paddy Murphy’s pub, Ballymore Eustace, got into the 1916 mood over the Easter weekend when proprietor Pat Murphy and staff donned period clothing. Many customers came dressed in vintage clothing and were treated to their first drink at 1916 prices.