Wednesday 24 January 2018

GAA invites public to Rising anniversary at Croke Park

Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile
Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Jane O'Faherty

The GAA is calling on its club members and the public to join in at its 1916 commemorative event in Croke Park.

The show will take place on Sunday, April 24, and promises to treat spectators to the best in Irish cultural entertainment to mark the Rising's centenary.

It will also highlight the role of Gaelic games and the GAA in the story of Ireland from the earliest days through to the revolution and right up to modern times.

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl said: "This is a very special day for Cumann Lúthchleas Gael and we would urge all of our members and indeed supporters to join us at Croke Park for what should be a day to remember on the anniversary of the Rising, 100 years to the day [after] this seismic event in Irish history."

The show has been produced with Tyrone Productions and will be presented after the Division One and Two Allianz Football League finals.

Artistic director Ruan Mangan said the event would celebrate the community that has participated in the GAA movement since the Rising.

"As one of the clearest manifestations of the vision of the Gaelic Revival and the movement towards independence that gave rise to the 1916 Rebellion, the GAA rightly holds a unique place in Irish society," he said.

John Colcannon, Director of Ireland 1916, said he was delighted that the GAA would be marking the "hugely significant year".

"It is fitting that the organisation has chosen to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Rising to the day by hosting this major event at its headquarters in Croke Park," he added.

Irish Independent

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