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Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a key moment on Ireland’s path to independence. This historic anniversary will be marked in Ireland and throughout the World as a major occasion, with an extensive programme of events. This is a once-in-a-century opportunity at home and overseas to explore and reflect on Ireland then and now, and to imagine the next 100 years.

Message from Ambassador Bassett

The 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising in Ireland takes place next year, 2016. The events of 1916 had a seminal effect on the long road to an independent State in Ireland. Therefore, this historic anniversary will be marked in Ireland and throughout the World as a major occasion. Those of us who are of an age, can remember vividly the commemorations in 1966 for the 50th anniversary.

At the outset, I want to make it very clear that the commemoration of 1916 does not belong to any group, individual or even the Irish State. It is part of our common heritage.

Therefore here in Canada, I am seeking to promote the widest community participation. The commemoration here will, in the main, be decentralised and local. We are requesting all organisations to include the commemoration in their calendar of events for 2016. Some organisations have already indicated to us that it will an intrinsic element in their 2016 programme. I would greatly encourage this approach.

Against that background, I would envisage a year long list of activities, by necessity these will likely peak around Saint Patrick’s Day and even more especially around 23 April, the actual date of the Rising.

While I have no desire to control events, I would ask that organisations let us know about their plans and also to communicate with each other, including through social media, so that a full picture of the commemoration can be readily available to the public.

The Embassy will include a programme on its website to which events across Canada can be added, if organisations so wish. Elizabeth Keogh is the contact point in the Embassy.

The Embassy will however be organising its own programme which I hope will a major conference on 1916 and also concert in Ottawa on 23 April.

In addition, the Embassy will look to the authorities in Dublin for some funding to support community initiatives. As I have told a number of groups my personal preference is to support a large number of local activities rather than major heavy invest expenditure on a single big ticket item.

That being said there is no monopoly of wisdom so if any organisation has any great initiative and/or idea, then please share it with the rest of us.

Brendan Behan is credited often with the observation that the first item on the agenda of any Irish organisation is “The Split”. To prove that wrong, I would ask that we have an inclusive, historically accurate and wholehearted commemoration of an event which has shaped our country and provided inspiration for many other countries who wished to regain their independence.

The following link may also stimulate interest: Ireland 2016 Global Diaspora Programme

Best Regards

Ray Bassett
Ambassador
10 July 2015

Please contact the Embassy to include your event.

Commemorations in Canada

Canada Programme for 1916 commemoration – Calendar of events

A free downloadable e-copy of the Royal Irish Academy’s book “1916 Portraits & Lives” is available until the 31st March, with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland 2016 and the OPW. https://www.dfa.ie/1916/

RTÉ Player (across Desktop, iOS and Android app) has launched a dedicated ‘1916 Hub’ for international audiences to view a broad range of RTÉ 1916 related TV content worldwide for free, including documentaries, news coverage, debate and analysis to commemorate the 1916 centenary. https://1916.rte.ie/featured-reflecting/international-audiences/

You can hear CBC’s "The Triumph of Failure: Ireland 1916", a special two-hour broadcast commemorating the centenary of the Easter Rising, on the CBC Radio program The Sunday Edition online: http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/

The Gaelic Hour Irish radio show, Ottawa: series of shows with a 1916 focus http://www.thegaelichour.ca/

February 2016

19 - 20 February

Canada, the Irish Language, and the Easter Uprising 1916: A Commemoratory Conference. Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland, Ottawa. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.
Website: http://www.gaeilge.ca/1916---b%C3%A9arla.php

27 February

Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada) Inc. presents The O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Lectures. The Intercontinental Hotel Yorkville, 220 Bloor St. West, Toronto. 7:30pm. Free of charge. Info: 416-402-3729

March 2016

1 March to end of April

Bytown Museum Community Gallery, Ottawa: The Embassy of Ireland presents an exhibition exploring the life, work, and legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939).
http://www.bytownmuseum.com/en/index.html

3 - 19 March

The Toronto Irish Players present The Shadow of a Gunman by Seán O’Casey at the Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, Ontario. http://www.torontoirishplayers.com/

5 March

1916 Commemoration, Kingston Irish Folk Club, at Tir na nOg Irish Pub located at 200 Ontario St., Kingston, Ontariobeside City Hall. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-club-kingston/239434969437504

For information: Tony at 613 3890754 (leave a message)

5 March

Toronto Irish Film Festival: After 1916. 7pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox

6 March

Talk by Dr. Ray Bassett, Ambassador of Ireland, at the Hamilton Irish Club

7 March (7.30pm)

Talk by Dr. Niall Keogh on Ireland, the Great War and Easter 1916. University of Ottawa, LMX 219, Lamoureux Hall, 145 Jean-Jacques Lussier, Ottawa, Ontario.

13 March (2pm)

Concert by the Celtic Tenors presented by the Charitable Irish Society of Nova Scotia and Symphony Nova Scotia in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

https://symphonynovascotia.ca/concerts-and-tickets/concerts/2015-2016/the-celtic-tenors/

18 March (5pm to 7 pm)

Montreal Centenary Commemoration of the 1916 Rising at the Royal Montreal Curling Club, 1850 de Maisonneuve West.
For further information: 1916Montreal@gmail.com.

19 March (9pm)

Irish poets Leontia Flynn and Maurice Riordan at VERseFest International Poetry Festival, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St., Ottawa. Supported by Culture Ireland.
For information and tickets: http://versefest.ca/year/2016/schedule/?day=Mar19

19 March (2pm to 4pm)

Brockville Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916, Brockville Public Library, admission free. Documentary, poetry, song and music.

22 March

Esteemed Newfoundland poet Mary Dalton will join Leontia Flynn and Maurice Riordan for the North Atlantic Poetry Series reading at The Ship Inn, St. John’s, Newfoundland. For further information:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/northatlanticpoetry/?pnref=story

26 March

Irish Canadian Club, Hamilton presents Out of the Foggy Dew: Rebel Voices of 1916, 7.00pm at Liuna Station, 360 James St N., Hamilton.
Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

Website: http://irishhamilton.com/IrishClub.html   Tel. 905 544 1401

27 March

Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada) Inc. presents the Easter Breakfast Centenary Commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $25 (adults); $15 (children). Info: 416-402-3729

27 March

Irish Club of Mississauga 1916 Commemoration. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.
Website: http://irelandsupportersclub.ca/

31 March

Sile de Valera, granddaughter of Eamon de Valera, will give the Eleventh Annual St. Patrick’s Society Lecture in Irish Studies. Her lecture on De Valera, History and Memory: A Personal Take will take place at 7.00pm on Thursday, March 31, 2016, in room 937 Hall Building, Concordia University, Montreal.

April 2016

1 - 3 April

Irish Film Festival Ottawa. Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa. Sunday 3 April 2:00 Pm - 1916 Silent Films/Cinereel With Live Musicians And Irish Language Shorts. Supported with a grant from The Embassy of Ireland and by the Irish Film Institute.

For Full Programme And Ticket Info: Http://Pamurray73.Wix.Com/Irishfilmfestivalott#!Film-Program-2016/O4t6i

1 April (7pm)

St. Mary’s University Halifax, Sobey Building room 260. The Annual D’Arcy McGee Lecture in Irish Studies: Waking the Feminists? Ireland’s National Theatre in 2016. Emer O’Toole is from the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University. Join us for a discussion of the status of women in Ireland’s national theatre movement on the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

2 April

Irish Community of Durham 1916 Commemoration, 2:00-6:00pm, St. Francis Centre, 78 Church St. South (below Hwy #2), Pickering Village, Ajax.
Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

3 April (2pm -4pm)

O’Regan Theatre, Halifax Central Library, Nova Scotia. The Halifax Central Library, An Cumann, the Irish Association of Nova Scotia, Saint Mary's University Irish Studies Program, and Dalhousie University Centre for European Studies present Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. 1916 silent footage with musical accompaniment; talks by Dr. P. Mannion of Memorial University and B. McConnell.

Supported by the Irish Film Institute and with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa.

7 April (7pm)

Irish Women’s Network BC and Simon Fraser University: Talk by Dr. Mary McAuliffe, University College Dublin, on Realists and Idealists: Women of the Easter Rising, 1916. SFU Harbour Centre, Segal Rooms, Vancouver Campus, Harbour Centre. RSVP: irishwomensnetwork@gmail.com Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

9 April (1.30pm to 3.30pm)

Saint John Free Public Library, Market Square, Saint John. Music by Comhaltas, Lectures by Carolyn Radcliffe and Ambassador Ray Bassett, followed by a reception co-sponsored by Saint John Library, Comhaltas, and Irish Canadian Cultural Association of NB Saint John Chapter. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

13 & 16 April

Four Irish writers at Montreal Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival. Supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Ireland Literature Exchange.
Tickets & info: http://bluemetropolis.org/;

  • Wednesday 13 April - McEntee Reading Room - Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room 1001.01 Montreal, QC H3G 1M8;
  • 11:00: Dinosaurs and Love Affairs: Irish Writers Danielle McLaughlin & Christine Dwyer Hickey. Two fiction writers from Ireland, both on the cutting edge of what is being called a Renaissancein Irish fiction, read from their works. Q&A to follow.
  • 13:00: Withering Dogs & Red Skies: Irish Fiction Writers Paul Lynch,& Sarah Baume. Two fiction writers from Ireland read from their works. Q&A to follow.

14 & 15 April

Four Irish writers at Ottawa International Writers’ Festival. Supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Ireland Literature Exchange.
Tickets & info: http://www.writersfestival.org/

  • Thursday 14 April - Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St;
  • 6:30pm: SAFE AND SOUND with Paul Lynch, Abdourahman A. Waberi and Carol Daniels.Dublin’s Paul Lynch is the author of The Black Snow, which Booklist describes as "so starkly brutal and so beautiful that it is impossible to look away.” He takes the pastoral novel and--withthe calmest of hands---tears it apart. With beautiful, haunting prose, Lynch illuminates what it means to live through crisis, and puts to the test our deepest certainties about humankind.
  • 8:30pm: RADICAL EMPATHY with Sara Baume, Sunil Yapa and Joan Crate. Cork’s Sara Baume is the author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither, a captivating story, told over the course of four seasons, of a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog, praised in The Irish Timesfor its "astonishing power with language [and its] touching and inspiriting sense of empathy, that rarest but most human of traits.”
  • Friday 15 April - Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St;
  • 6:30pm: ALL IN THIS TOGETHER with Farzana Doctor, Monique Schwitter and Christine Dwyer Hickey. The Lives of Women, by award-winning novelist, playwright and short story writer Christine Dwyer Hickey, was an Irish Times Book Club pick and was praised for "an uncompromisingportrayal of the suburbs and the cruelties brought about by the demands of respectability."
  • 8:30pm: THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Kris Bertin and Danielle McLaughlin. Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Cork’s Danielle McLaughlin, includes two stories published in The New Yorker and was heralded by The Irish Examiner as "a remarkable first collection from adistinctive and extremely gifted writer on the brink of major recognition.”

16 April

Four Irish writers at Montreal Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival. Supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Ireland Literature Exchange.
Tickets & info: http://bluemetropolis.org/

  • 12:30 Salle St-Laurent (Hôtel 10), 10 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montréal, QC H2X 2X3 A Renaissance of Fiction: Christine Dwyer Hickey, Paul Lynch, Anakana Schofield. As many critics have suggested, Irish writing is going through a Renaissance. CBC's Jeanette Kelly talks to three practitioners, including the Giller short-listed author of Martin John, Anakana Schofield, Christine Dwyer Hickey (The Lives of Women) and Paul Lynch (The Black Snow).
  • 14:00 Espace Godin (Hôtel 10),10 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montréal, QC H2X 2X3 A Different Country: Fiction from Ireland, Israel & Germany Irish writers Sara Baume and Danielle McLaughlin discuss their short stories with Israeli writer Ayelet Tsabari and German writer Monique Schwitter. Hosted by renowned translator, Daniel Hahn.

16 April (7.30pm)

Brockville Irish Cultural Society, Schooner’s Lounge, St. Lawrence College, Brockville, ON. Fíbín presents Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures, written and devised by Harry McGee and Dara McGee. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end. With support from Culture Ireland.

17 April (2pm)

Irish Society Seniors’ Drop-In presents 1916 Remembered: A commemoration of the events of 1916 through a weave of Irish song, music, narration and literature. At St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts. No charge but please RSVP to Kay – kohegarty@sympatico.ca (613) 829-8467

http://saintbrigidscentre.com/events/event/1916-remembered-terrible-beauty-born/

18 April (8pm)

Irish Club of Mississauga, Toronto. Fíbín presents Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures, written and devised by Harry McGee and Dara McGee. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end. With support from Culture Ireland.

19 April (8pm)

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Kingston. Fíbín presents Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures, written and devised by Harry McGee and Dara McGee. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end. With support from Culture Ireland.

20 April

Comhaltas Ottawa and Fíbín present Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures, written and devised by Harry McGee and Dara McGee. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end. At St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Show at 7:00 PM. With support from Culture Ireland.

http://saintbrigidscentre.com/events/event/wednesday-20-april/

21 April (6.30pm)

Embassy of Ireland is hosting an Easter 1916 Commemorative Concert in the Residence of the Ambassador. Irish Community Organisations across Canada are invited to apply for tickets. There is no charge but there is a limited supply.

22 - 23 April

CineGael 1916 Commemoration, Montreal. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.
Website : http://www.cinegaelmontreal.com/

22 – 30 April

Ireland 2016: Centenary Film Programme in the Cinemateque, Vancouver. Co-presented by the Irish Film Institute, the Embassy of Ireland, and The Cinematheque. This special program, curated by the Irish Film Institute, features films by an array of prominent directors, including John Ford, David Lean, Neil Jordan, and Ken Loach.

OPENING NIGHT • FRIDAY, APRIL 22
REFRESHMENTS + SPECIAL INTRODUCTION + LIVE MUSIC

6:00pm - Doors
7:00pm - Introduction by Brian McIlroy + “Newsreel & Actuality Programme: Ireland 1916-23” with Live Music
8:15pm - Young Cassidy

More information and tickets available here: http://www.thecinematheque.ca/ireland-2016-centenary-film-programme

22 April

Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada) Inc. presents the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration Dinner. Tiramisu Bistro, 10750 124 St. NW, Edmonton. Dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $50 Info: Caolan (780-680-1601), David (780-680-8993), Desmond (780-243-8171)

23 April

Irish Cultural Association of Saskatchewan 1916 Commemoration, 7pm–9pm, Holy Cross High School, Saskatoon. No admission charge.

23 April

1916 Commemoration Winnipeg, Irish Association of Manitoba. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.
Website: http://www.irishassociation.ca/

23 April

The Vancouver Easter Rising Committee presents the 1916-2016 Commemoration Banquet. Hilton Hotel Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, Vancouver.
6:00 p.m. Tickets: $70. Info: Bernard (604-929-7607) or George (604-948-2885) Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

23 April

Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada) Inc. presents the 1916 Rising Centenary Commemoration Dinner, Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto. 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $75. Info: 416-402-3729

24 April

Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick, Moncton Chapter: 1916 Commemoration featuring a talk by Dr. Stewart Donovan of St. Thomas University. Resurgo Place, Moncton. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

24 April

Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada) Inc. presents Let Freedom Ring: Remember and Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Rising 1916-2016. Crystal Ridge Golf Club, 9 Crystal Green Ln, Okotoks, Calgary. 12:00 p.m. Tickets: $40 (adults), $20 (children).Info: Alex O’Donnell (403-969-8855), Michael McKay (403-306-6123), Neil Gunning (403-561-3959)

24 April

Commemoration Mississauga, Ontario

26 April

An illustrated public talk: Prof. Greg Marquis, Department of History and Politics, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, “The 1916 Irish Easter Rising and New Brunswick,” hosted by the New Brunswick Historical Society, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, 7:30 pm. Free. For further information contact gmarquis@unb.ca

28 April

Irish writers Mary Costello, Michele Forbes and Darragh Mc Keon at the Foglit Literary Festival, Saint John, New Brunswick. Supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Ireland Literature Exchange.
https://foglitfestival.wordpress.com/

Saturday 30 April – Irish writers Mary Costello, Michele Forbes and Darragh Mc Keon at the Moncton Frye Literary Festival. Supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Ireland Literature Exchange.
Website: http://www.frye.ca/index.php/en/

May 2016

1 May (7pm)

Commemoration of 1916 hosted by Celtic Folk Night Group – music, songs, poems, readings of the period – in Heart and Crown snug, Preston St., Ottawa

2 - 3 May

Commemoration of 1916, Comhaltas, Sudbury Ontario. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

21 May

Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada) Inc. presents 1916 Rising Centenary Concert with The Wolfe Tones, The Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave, Toronto. Doors open 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $40. Info: 416-402-3729

25 - 28 May

Canadian Association of Irish Studies Conference, Banff, Alberta. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

http://www.irishstudies.ca/announcements/cfp-caisacei-conference-may-25-28-banff-alberta-canada/

27 May

1916 Commemoration Concert, Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, Montreal. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.
http://www.musiciansoftheworld.ca/

June 2016

4 June

“A Taste of Ireland”, Brockville Irish Society. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brockvilleirishculturalsociety 

July 2016

22 & 24 July

Stewart Park behind City Hall, Perth, Ontario

The President of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Ireland will be working with other wallers from around the world to build a "legacy bridge" in the Town of Perth to celebrate the Town's 200th Anniversary. In addition a dry stone wall will be built as a workshop project through Dry Stone Canada showcasing Irish, Scottish and English traditional dry stone styles.

http://drystonecanada.com/

September 2016

21 September

Concordia University Irish Studies: Reframing 1916 Commemoration event, film and panel discussion with Notre Dame

October 2016

22 October

CAIS Conference, Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland, Ottawa. Supported with a grant from the Embassy of Ireland.

26 October

A Terrible Beauty - Voices from 1916. Toronto Irish Players will host a commemorative evening with readings from the prominent figures of the rising.

http://www.torontoirishplayers.com/

Friday 28 October - TBC Irish writers at Toronto Harbourfront Literary Festival

November 2016

9 November (7.30pm)

Centrepointe Theatres Ottawa. A Centenary Commemoration of Easter 1916 in Words and Music with Tom Sweeney, Kevin Evans, Brian Doherty. Tickets: www.centrepointetheatres.com