A PROGRAMME OF SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR MONAGHAN AS PART OF IRELAND 2016

16 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, was joined by An Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD, the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD, for the recent launch of 31 local and community plans, which include over 1,800 events and initiatives across the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The Monaghan Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is the outcome of consultations with interested local groups, organisations and individuals, who were invited to participate in the planning and implementation of the local programme. Led by Monaghan County Council and under the guidance of the local 1916 co-ordinator, the programmes contain events and initiatives ranging across all seven strands of the Ireland 2016 programme.

The 31 Local Authority Programmes for Ireland 2016 represent the outcome of many hundreds of hours of reflection, consultation and discussion involving thousands of people all over Ireland. The most consistently expressed wish was that 2016 should be a year that belongs to everyone. Equally remarkable was the widely articulated desire that 2016 should be about looking to the future more than looking back.

People of all ages and backgrounds expressed a wish to rekindle the idealism that in 1916 found expression in the desire to be free, to be the authors and carriers of our cultural heritage and to be equal among ourselves and among the nations – in short to create a country worth of the name Republic.

Some of the events planned include:

Monaghan County Museum will stage a major exhibition featuring local stories before and after the 1916 rising, using artefacts, images, and footage from the time. The exhibition will be developed in partnership with Professor Terence Dooley from Maynooth University.

Íontas Centre in Castleblayney is commissioning a new choral composition, using text from the Proclamation, which will be recorded and performed by local choral groups.

Speaking at the launch of the County Plans, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “I know that these 31 County Plans for Ireland 2016 represent the outcome of many hundreds of hours of reflection, consultation and discussion involving thousands of people all over Ireland. I would like to thank you all for your efforts in ensuring that next year will be a year for all of our ….

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