“SCENE SET FOR REFLECTIVE, IMAGINATIVE AND MEMORABLE COMMEMORATIVE YEAR”

15 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A sketch depicting the marriage of Joseph Mary Plunkett and Grace Evelyn Gifford and Joseph’s subsequent execution, and a beautiful rendition of Irish lullaby ‘Seoithín Seo’ formed part of the launch of Co Monaghan’s 2016 Centenary Programme this week.

A packed Íontas Theatre in Castleblayney provided the setting for the launch, which took place on Monday evening past. Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys officiated at the event.

Welcoming everybody present, Co Monaghan’s Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator Carmel Thornton explained that the national programme was built on seven strands, which when taken together reflected the themes of remembering, reconciling, presenting, imagining and celebrating. Monaghan’s programme, which incorporated these seven strands, would continue to grow and develop over the coming months.

Artwork relating to the events of 1916, created by the students of Ballybay Community College, formed part of the evening and Ms Thornton congratulated the students involved in putting the exhibition together.

MINISTER EXCITED FOR 2016

In her address, Minister Humphreys expressed her delight at the huge level of interest the national centenary programme had attracted and said she was excited for the year that lay ahead.

“The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme aims to remember our past, recognise our achievements over the…

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