Saturday 16 December 2017

From Liverpool to Wellington - how the Rising will be recalled worldwide

David Kearns

Dozens of other countries are preparing to stage their own remembrances to honour those involved in Ireland's historic 1916 uprising.

All over the world, events honouring the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising have been planned. The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is a reminder of how far-reaching the events of 1916 really were.

From the UK to Australia, Irish groups have organised a host of events - including plays, music, parades and special film screenings for the Irish diaspora who cannot make it home for Easter.

In New Zealand, the Hutt Valley 1916 Irish Society, near Wellington, has organised four days of screenings of documentaries, interviews and films relating to the Rising.

Elsewhere, a commemoration ceremony will take place tomorrow outside the Auckland GPO by the Auckland Irish Society, established in 1912.

In Perth, Australia, the city's orchestra will commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising with a concert celebrating the best of Irish music at the Perth GPO building.

Closer to home, Liverpool is to celebrate the lives of its native men and women who took part in the uprising.

A collection of archive material telling the story of those from Liverpool who travelled to Dublin to take part in the revolt is to be aired this weekend at the Museum of Liverpool.

Other events include a service of remembrance for Liverpool's Irish community.

The only country aside from Ireland to be named in the Proclamation, the United States, is also hosting dozens of centenary events.

Irish Independent

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