An extensive programme of events across the seven programme strands of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme for Galway City was launched on Friday 4 th December, by Cllr. Frank Fahy, Mayor of the City of Galway at an event in City Hall.
The Galway City 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 Galway City 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.
Some of the events planned for Galway City include:
- Remembering Éamonn Ceannt - a week-long celebration of the life and work of one of the seven signatories to the 1916 Proclamation and his Galway links;
- Revolution in Galway 1913 -1923 - a new dedicated gallery at Galway City Museum;
- 'Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach' - the first compete translation and publication in English of Pádraic Ó Conaire's short stories inspired by the Rising;
- A series of community and local library based lectures and events across the city proposed and run by community organisations.
Speaking at the launch, Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive of Galway City Council said: " The story and events of 1916 belongs to all of us regardless of political or family background, or personal interpretation of our modern history. I am delighted that so many people, and especially our children and young people, are taking part in such a diverse range of events across our County next year. This programme is an opportunity for us to showcase some of the fantastic creativity and innovation which is taking place across our community and I look forward to ensuring that next year will be a truly once-in-a centenary experience for our citizens and our County."
Also speaking at the event in City Hall were Commandant Stephen Mac Eoin of the Ireland 2016 Office and Cllr. Pádraig Conneely, Chair of the council's Elected Members' Advisory Group. Piper Pádraig Keane and cast members of Branar Theatre's 1916 show 'Maloney's Dream' performed at the launch.
A full programme of events is available here:
Further information on the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is available at www.ireland.ie