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Cork City launch extensive programme of events as part of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

An extensive programme of events across the seven programme strands of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme was launched on Thursday January 7th, by an Ardmhéara, Cllr. Chris O’ Leary.

The Cork 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 Cork 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.

Cork City 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. 

Cork 1916 Programme
Damien O'Mahony(TEAM,Cork City Council), Ann Doherty (Chief Executive, Cork City Council),
Minister Simon Coveney, Michael O'Reilly(Ireland 2016 Office) and an Ardmhéara, Cllr. Chris O’ Leary.

Some of the events planned for Cork City include:

  • Easter Monday Commemorative Ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Rising in conjunction with Cork County Council. Events will be held at St. Francis Hall on Sheares Street, the home of the Cork Volunteers, and at the National Monument on Grand Parade. A synchronised wreath laying ceremony will be held at 1.15 p.m. – the time that the first shots of the 1916 Rising were fired.
  • Sacrifice at Easter Corcadorca Theatre Company will stage Sacrifice at Easter by Pat McCabe at Elizabeth Fort in June 2016. Written in response to the 1916 centenary, Sacrifice at Easter is a creative collaboration between director Pat Kiernan, writer Pat McCabe and renowned composer Mel Mercier.
  • Exhibition: Perceptions 2016, the Art of Citizenship: Part of a series of exhibitions and events the Crawford Art Gallery will host in response to the 1916 Centenary, Perceptions 2016 is an exhibition, seminar and public engagement workshops and events that broaden the range of voices, visions, perceptions and approaches to creativity that the public engage with. This will be held in cultural venues throughout the City including Crawford Art Gallery, Wandesford Quay Gallery, City Hall Atrium and a number of satellite venues around Cork.
  • Exhibition on the 1916 rising and its connection to Cork City Illustrating people, places and events connected to Easter Week in Cork at Cork Public Museum.
  • Centre of Commemoration at St. Peter’s Church, North Main Street

Cork City Council will manage a year round venue based programme in St Peter’s Church on North Main Street. The centre will be called ‘The Centre of Commemoration’ and will host a range of exhibitions, talks, readings, music and community events. All national themes relating to Remember, Reconcile, Imagine, Present And Celebrate will be programmed, supported and presented into this venue.

Speaking at the launch of the Cork City Plan, an Ardmhéara, Cllr. Chris O’ Learysaid:  

“2016 is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary sacrifice of so many who put the future of Ireland before their own personal well-being - it is also an opportunity for us to reflect on almost 100 years of independence and what we have done with that hard won gift. Today’s Ireland demands to be measured against the vision of those who gave their lives to create it.

And Cork was an important part of that struggle. Whilst no actual fighting took place in Cork, many hundreds of Cork men and women mobilised and were clearly prepared to pay the ultimate price for their country’s freedom. A tense standoff occurred at the Volunteer Hall on Sheares Street between the Irish Volunteers who had assembled there and the British Forces.  The intervention of the Lord Mayor and the Bishop of the day led to a peaceful outcome and no bloodshed.  This marked the commencement of an extraordinary chapter in Cork’s history, where it would not be found wanting when the call arms in the name of an independent Ireland was made. The names of McSwiney, McCurtain, Barry, Collins and so many others bear testament to that courageous commitment.

I am particularly proud of the comprehensive programme which has been put together by the City Council’s TEAM unit to commemorate the legacy of 1916 and beyond and I look forward very much to being part of what promises to be a most memorable year.  Go néirí go brea linn

A full programme of events for Cork City is available at and are you can download the programme below:
Cork City 2016 Programme

Cork 1916 Programme-
Aine Ni Ealaí (Gael Taca) and Gabriel Doherty (UCC Professor of History)- members of the 1916 Working Group.‌ 

Further information on the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is available at

The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D., is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future.

The 31 local and community plans are a core element of the Community Participation strand of Ireland 2016, one of the seven programme strands alongside State Ceremonial, Historical Reflection, An Teanga Bheo – the Living Language, Youth and Imagination, Cultural Expression and Global and Diaspora. 

Over 2,000 events to date have been confirmed to take place in 2016 as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.


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