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Commemoration 1916-2016

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The Ireland 2016 commemorations programme was organised by the Embassy of Ireland in London, Culture Ireland and the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh together with partners on a range of flagship events and a wide array of projects for 2016. The programme in Britain of creative, community and commemorative events was to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising and historical events of 1916.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan wrapped up the Ireland 2016 commemorations programme on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at the Embassy. You can read the Minister's remarks on our News & Events page. Events across the country, ranging from concerts to plays and exhibitions to art installations, reached hundreds of thousands of people in Britain.

View the full list of Commemoration 2016 Events in Britain

Venues across Britain hosted events as part of the Ireland 2016 programme – from institutions of major cultural significance like the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican, to community spaces from Glasgow to Camden to Liverpool.

Flagship cultural events in Britain

 Venue & Event


Website/Ticketing information

‘Ireland 2016’ – The Chieftains and Special Guests at Celtic Connections, Glasgow 

15 January 2016


Photographer’s Gallery – Easter Rising 1916 Sean Sexton Collection

22 January – 3 April 2016

The Photographers’ Gallery

Barbican Centre – ‘Macalla 1916’, presented by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

(Association of traditional Irish musicians)

 4 March 2016


Screening of the 1916: The Irish Rebellion Notre Dame documentary with London Irish Film Festival

16 March 2016

London Irish Film Festival

Wigmore Hall – ‘Irish Culture in Britain – A Centenary Celebration’

21 April 2016

Wigmore Hall - Take a look at some pictures from the evening on the Embassy's Facebook page.

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre – ‘Imagining Ireland’

29 April 2016


Embassy Lecture Series

An overview of the Embassy Lecture Series and links to the podcasts are now available.

First World War

Find out more about events and projects commemorating Irish participation in World War 1.

Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland’s programme, ‘I am Ireland’, promoted the best of Irish arts and culture worldwide.

Events around Britain

The Consulate General in Edinburgh has the latest update on events which took place in Scotland in 2016.
Find out more about what special events and projects took place in connection with and in Wales.

Liverpool had a unique role in 1916. Find out more about events there in 2016.

Community organisations

The Embassy was delighted to support community groups who organised initiatives as part of the global programme to commemorate 1916. A number of the 110 organisations funded through the Emigrant Support Programme orgamised commemorations initiatives. In addition, a total of nineteen projects received direct financial support for their commemorative projects through the Embassy’s 2016 Community Funding Scheme.

Roger Casement

The Embassy organised a number of events in 2016 to explore the life and legacy of Roger Casement, a British diplomat, humanitarian and key figure of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Academic Conferences

The Embassy supported a number of key academic conferences throughout the UK in 2016. Some of the highlights are as follows:

Venue & Event


Contact Information

The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and History Faculty marked the anniversary of the Easter Rising with a two month display, 1916: Responses to the Easter Rising, a web archiving project and a high-profile academic symposium organised by Prof Roy Foster & Prof Senia Paseta.


1 Feb – 3 April 2016



10 March 2016

Bodleian Library




For further details on the academic symposium, please contact Prof. Senia Paseta senia.paseta@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk

Churchill College Cambridge hosted a high-profile 3-day academic conference, The Easter 1916 Rising in a Global Perspective, organised by Prof. Eugenio Biagini. The conference was held in conjunction with the Roskill Lecture (speaker to be announced).

3-5 March 2016

Prof Eugenio Biagini - efb21@cam.ac.uk

The 20th Conference of Irish Historians, Irish Revolutions, took place at the University of Liverpool. The conference explored the meaning and impact of the 1916 Rising and situated it within the broader context of revolutionary movements in Irish history. 

1-3 July 2016

Prof Ian McBride - ian.mcbride@kcl.ac.uk

More information about the Easter Rising and Ireland 2016

The Ireland 2016 programme in Ireland, including State Ceremonials and the commemorative events in Ireland, was led by the Ireland 2016 team in Dublin. The Global and Diaspora Programme was one of the seven strands of the overall Ireland 2016 programme. Ireland’s embassies and consulates, together with Culture Ireland’s programme, ‘I am Ireland’, promoted the best of Irish arts and culture worldwide.

Creative Ireland

Creative Ireland is the Government's Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016. It is a five-year all-of-government initiative, from 2017-2022, which at its core is a wellbeing strategy which aims to improve access to cultural and creative activity.

More information about Creative Ireland.