Part of creating this legacy was to encourage the production of new material. County Kildare’s role in the period was documented and captured throughout the year in a variety of ways and media formats - books, booklets, music and drama; art, film and social media; historical re-enactment and re-interpretation. Some key projects come to mind. We remembered some of the key participants in the Rising; an exhibition on the life of Éamonn O’Modhráin, a statue of John Devoy, while a plaque and book were dedicated to Teresa Brayton. The civilian casualties were commemorated by the 1916 Sackville Street Art Project which created a unique house inspired by each of their lives. The journey of the fifteen Maynooth Volunteers to the GPO was the inspiration for a special re-enactment walk. County Kildare’s school children were at the centre of the programme as they participated in art, poetry and historical essay competitions, pageants, flag raising ceremonies and the schools’ lecture series. In the future County Kildare will be judged on how it commemorated the centenaries of 1916, World War I, the War of Independence and the Civil War. It was not just a time of conflict, political change and upheaval, but of radical social change and progress, as women took their rightful place at the polling stations, the dreaded workhouses were abolished, and Irish people seized control of their own destiny, economy and everyday lives. We have embraced the task and delivered a strong programme that we hope will continue to inform and educate for years to come. It was a huge commitment by everyone involved and we thank you all for your time, effort and enthusiasm. It was a unique year of which we can all be proud. The County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee as a unique year of which we can all be proud. LEGACY We considered it important that County Kildare would be remembered for how it commemorated the centenary of the 1916 Rising and pledged to leave an archive of research, cultural and artistic material for posterity – not merely to commemorate these historic events, but to understand, debate and embrace them; to create a lasting legacy for future generations as only we could. 55