48 Celbridge Art Group ShareRing Skills presented a film and photography exhibition in Tea Lane Graveyard, Celbridge, created around the theme of rebellion and remembrance. Funded by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board. Sgt. James Pearse, great grandson of James Connolly, read the Proclamation at a flag-raising ceremony in the Square, Ballymore-Eustace. An old republican flag was raised by a descendant of Richard Mulcahy, former Army General and Commander in Chief. Eleven-year-old Ciara Cooke read a piece on the death of her relative, baby Sean Foster, whose father hailed from Ballymore-Eustace. Newbridge Parish marked the 1916 Rising with a Prayer for Peace Service in St. Conleth’s Church. A screening of the John Devoy documentary ‘The greatest of the Fenians,’ took place in the Moat Theatre, Naas, followed by a question and answer session with film maker Donal Higgins and Historian in Residence, James Durney. ‘Road to Rebellion: Songs that roused a nation,’ the last of five countywide concerts was held at Naas Town Hall. Philip Scott, Sophie O’Carroll, Donal Hennessey and Liam Quinlavin performed music and readings contemporary to 1916. 25 April. Kill Local History Group hosted a talk by James Durney ‘Foremost and ready. Kildare and the 1916 Rising,’ at Kill Parish Hall. 26 April. St. Farnan’s Post Primary School, Prosperous, held an an evening of poetry, songs and drama. Dr. Fionnuala Walsh gave a lecture in the Stable Wing, Castletown House, Celbridge, entitled ‘These are queer days that we are living through. Irishwomen and everyday life in 1916.’ Transition Year students at Árdscoil na Tríonóide, Athy presented a play ‘1916, Junior Cert History Homework,’ with the help of their history teacher, Ms. Róisin O’Byrne. Sgt. James Pearse, Mullacash, great grandson of James Connolly was received by President Michael D. Higgins and read the Proclamation at Liberty Hall in Dublin on Easter Tuesday. James Connolly’s daughter, Aideen Connolly, married Hugh Ward; their daughter Nora and her husband, Peter Pearse, Naas, are parents of Sgt. Pearse. ‘Herstory – Defiant Women of 1916’ was invited to the Pearse Museum following its successful run at the Moat Theatre, Naas. 28 April. ‘Tom Ashe. Another martyr for old Ireland,’ presentation by Historian in Residence James Durney, Celbridge Community Library. Tom Ashe led the most successful event of the Rising – the Battle of Ashbourne. His family moved to Co. Kildare in the 1920s and many relatives attended the event. 30 April. Children’s Art 1916 exhibition including a giant proclamation to read and sign, held at Athy Community Arts Centre. 30 April-1 May. Ardclough Drama Group, St. Anne’s Choir and Ardclough Youth Theatre presented ‘Eyes with Hope Gleaming,’ in Ardclough GAA Club. 4 May. Kilkea Church hosted a reading with Tom Clowry that commemorated 1916. 8 May. ‘Domhnall Ua Buachalla – 1916 Veteran,’ lecture by his grandson Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin was hosted by Kildare Archaeological Society, in the John Hume Building, North Campus, Maynooth University.