Friday 24 November 2017

1916 celebrations go on with workshops and re-enactments

Photo: Barbara Lindberg
Photo: Barbara Lindberg

Jane O'Faherty

Commemorations of the 1916 Rising are set to continue throughout the country, with everything from official ceremonies to vintage workshops on the programme.

In the capital, historical talks, children's activities and concerts will be open to the public throughout today.

Smithfield Square will be home to a vintage carousel, a steam engine and a puppet theatre from morning until evening.

On the southside, another village in St Stephen's Green will host hatmaking demonstrations and traditional cake-tasting.

Merrion Square will also embrace times gone by with a display of various vintage vehicles, as well as calligraphy and puppet-making workshops.

Meanwhile, wreaths will be laid at iconic Rising locations throughout Dublin. Boland's Mill, Jacob's Factory, Dublin Castle and City Hall, The Four Courts, The Royal College of Surgeons, Moore Street and St James's Hospital will all mark the lives of those lost in the Rising with special State ceremonies.

The events are part of a series of wreath-laying events across Ireland, all of which are taking place at 1.15pm.

A re-enactment of the Battle of Ashbourne will start at 10.45am, followed by a wreath-laying at Rath Cross.

Meanwhile, tree-planting and a parade of GAA club representatives will take place in Kenny Park in Athenry, Co. Galway.

That will be followed by a series of music and poetry performances.

In Enniscorthy, the town's 1916 Battalion Flag will be raised following a parade and other musical events.

The ceremony in the Co Wexford town will be followed by a battle re-enactment.

Pádraig Pearse's dream to have the Proclamation read on the Hill of Tara will be realised for the first time today.

An open-air gathering of cultural and heritage groups in Meath will see music, dance, song and story as well as the Proclamation being read by Ann Finnegan, National President of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Meanwhile, the Proclamation will be read aloud outside Sydney's General Post Office today, around 17,000km from the steps of its O'Connell Street equivalent.

But a further 24 hours of Luas disruption is set for the second day of 1916 commemorations in Dublin.

Spectators at Easter Sunday's 1916 parade were faced with travel chaos as Luas drivers downed tools for the third time in recent weeks.

The 48-hour strike is the latest disruption to tram services.

Irish Independent

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