News - Fís an Phiarsaigh i 2016
REMEMBERING THE RISING’ 25th April – 8th May 2016
1916 CENTENARY PROGRAMME FOR THE COUNTY OF GALWAY
The people of the County of Galway have strong links to the events of the 1916 Rising and this defining period in Galway and Irish history. Galway is the county of birth of Éamonn Ceannt and was also the summer destination of PH Pearse. The county is also the location where one of the largest force of Irish Volunteers mobilised, and though poorly armed and equipped, struck a blow for Irish independence.
The programme for the County of Galway, developed by Galway County Council in close consultation and partnership with the communities of the County, aims to acknowledge our strong ties to this defining period. It also aims to commemorate the historic events of Easter 1916, honour all those who participated and whose lives were affected by the events and to enhance the understanding of current and future generations of the defining events of the period.
Our programme also acknowledges the special significance of the centenary to the relatives of those actively involved in the Rising in our County.
THE IRELAND 2016 CENTENARY PROGRAMME is built on Seven Programme Strands which, taken together, reflect the themes of Remembering Reconciling, Presenting, Imagining and Celebrating. The programme will continue to grow and develop over the coming months. To see the updated programme, other county programmes and the national programme for 2016, please visit www.ireland.ie
Archive Exhibitions – Viewing Schedule
Galway County Council has researched and developed two bi-lingual travelling exhibitions as part of the 1916 centenary Programme of events. The exhibitions primarily depict images of items from the Galway County Council Archives’ collections, which highlight the wealth of original source material held relating to this period in Ireland’s and the county of Galway’s history. It is hoped the exhibitions will provide a greater awareness, knowledge and understanding of the period and also inform, educate and prompt further investigation of the collections.
The Easter Monday Centenary Commemorations in Athenry formed part of wreath-laying commemorative events that took place simultaneously at seven locations in Dublin, as well as in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford and Cork to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. These locations mark where significant action took place during the Rising.
Galway has strong ties to both the events and the leaders of the 1916 Rising. The largest mobilisation in Easter Week 1916, outside of Dublin, was in the County of Galway, where over 680 men and women mobilised for the cause of lrish independence.
Galway is the birthplace of Éamonn Ceannt and was also the summer destination of Pádraig Pearse. The contributions of Éamonn Ceannt, Pádraig Pearse and the Galway men and women, led by Liam Mellows, secured for Galway, an honourable legacy in the events of Easter Week 1916, that marked the birth of our sovereign Nation. It is appropriate and fitting therefore, that the event was held in Athenry, a location central to the events of the 1916 Rising in Galway.
The State commemoration and synchronised wreath-laying enabled the people of the County of Galway and beyond to celebrate their cultural traditions and honour the courage, dignity and ideals that characterised the events of 1916.
From the Archives 1916: Revolution and Recollection
As part of the County of Galway 1916 centenary programme of events Galway County Council Archives presents a small selection of material from it holdings, which relate in some way to the events or people involved in the 1916 Easter Rising. The items depicted in the display are just a sample of the varied and wonderful collections in the Archives.
From Colonial State to Free State, what they said...
Galway County Council Archives has curated and produced a travelling exhibition, From Colonial State to Free State, what they said… Drawn almost exclusively from Galway County Council and Rural District Council minutes, the exhibition illustrates the attitudes and mores of the county of Galway’s local authorities between 1899 and 1923, focusing on the pivotal period after the 1916 Rising. The content and tone of the minutes reveal the political and social mind-set at that time. It is hoped that this perspective on that tumultuous period in Ireland’s past will be informative and a helpful resource to those interested in learning how county Galway and its people viewed and reacted to events as they unfolded.