Monday 27 January 2020

Croker is sold out as 1916 events pull crowd

Sinead McCoole and Heather Humphreys at the launch of the Mná 1916 exhibition. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Sinead McCoole and Heather Humphreys at the launch of the Mná 1916 exhibition. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Fionnán Sheahan

Fionnán Sheahan

Croke Park is expecting a capacity crowd of 80,000 for the GAA's 1916 commemorations and the National Football League finals.

The event will be the largest in the country on the actual anniversary of the Easter Rising on April 24, 1916.

The bumper attendance is drawn by the glamour tie of the old rivals of Kerry and Dublin in the Division 1 final, with Cavan and Tyrone in the Division 2 final.

The games will be followed by 'Laochra', a specially- commissioned large-scale theatre event with dance, song, poetry and pageantry.

Following earlier predictions of a crowd of 50,000, the GAA has advised it is expecting a capacity crowd with the last remaining tickets on sale.

Commemorations are taking place across the country to mark the calendar centenary of the Rising.

The annual 1916 State commemoration will take place at Arbour Hill on Sunday at 10am, with President Michael D Higgins laying a wreath during a ceremony at the graveside of the 14 executed leaders.

The highlights of some of the events taking place around the country over the weekend include:

  • Sinead McCoole, acclaimed author, historian and curator of the 'Mna 1916 - Women of 1916' exhibition will give a talk on some of the 300 extraordinary young women who took part in the Rising at the Coach House in Dublin Castle at 1.15pm with admission free;
  • Fingal will host a day-long event in Swords Castle which includes a parade and re-enactments;
  • Kerry's 1916 Commemoration Weekend will take place in Tralee, including a concert in the Square, Fair Day and historical walk from Blennerville;
  • A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the 1916 Commemoration Monument in Limerick city at 11.30am;
  • Sligo's commemoration features a parade and a concert, and ends with a fireworks display at 9.30pm;
  • Flag raising ceremonies will take place in Fingal, Longford, Louth, Roscommon and Waterford.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said communities were coming together to remember the events of 1916.

"100 years ago this weekend, the Irish Volunteers were preparing to stage the Easter Rising, setting in chain a series of events which ultimately led to Irish independence."

Irish Independent

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