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Tuesday 22 May 2018

From the Amazon to Tokyo: worldwide events to mark 1916

Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke
Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

From the depths of the Amazon, to the glittering metropolis of Tokyo, the centenary of the 1916 Rising will be marked by a remarkable series of events around the world.

Other locations which will feature in the special commemorative programme include Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Abu Dhabi, New York, Washington, Helsinki, Tokyo, London, Brasilia and Sydney.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said the events are being organised by our network of embassies abroad.

"I invite Ireland's global friends and family to come together to remember the events of 100 years ago, and, importantly, to celebrate the progress we have made over the last century and to look forward," he said.

"Many have strong local resonances, such as a Helsinki conference which will explore historic parallels between Ireland and Finland."

Finland will celebrate a century of independence in 2017.

"In Tokyo a conference will examine the 1916 Rising with an Asian perspective, while 'The Plough and the Stars' will be staged in Abu Dhabi," he added.

In total, hundreds of events will take place in dozens of cities as part of the "Global and Diaspora" strand of the Ireland 2016 Commemorative Programme.

It will operate in partnership with various other organisations such as Culture Ireland.

The commemoration will also include a three-month cultural and historical programme in Buenos Aires.

It will explore the links that existed then and now between Ireland and Argentina, which is home to Ireland's largest Spanish speaking diaspora.

A digitisation project in Melbourne will highlight the scrapbooks of Irish scholar and Melbourne doctor, Nicholas O'Donnell, who tracked the reporting of the Rising in the Australian press.

An exhibition and seminar in the Brazilian city of Brasilia, and Manaus in the Amazon region, will reflect the life and work of Roger Casement, who spent time working in the region.

Images from the Sean Sexton collection, featuring photographs of the Rising, will be on display in the Photographer's Gallery in central London.

A production of 'The Shadow of a Gunman' by Sean O'Casey will be staged in Abu Dhabi alongside a programme of Irish music, poetry and dance.

A three-week festival of 'Irish Arts and Culture' will be held in the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

The US-based celebrations will also include a community commemorative event in Pier A in New York reflecting Irish and Irish-American culture.

'Wherever Green is Worn', a musical and narrative performance remembering the story of 1916 through the medium of song, will be staged in Sydney.

And in Tokyo a conference with the theme of 'The 1916 Rising with an Asian Perspective' is planned as part of the programme of events.

Full details of the "Ireland 2016: Global and Diaspora Programme" can be found on the websites and

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