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Minister Flanagan Announces New Global Events to Mark the Centenary of the Easter Rising

Minister Charles Flanagan, Commemorations, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015

Minister Flanagan Announces New Global Events to Mark the Centenary of the Easter Rising

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, today announced details of a number of new events being organised by Ireland’s embassy network to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising in locations around the world.

In making the announcement, Minister Flanagan said:

“I am pleased to announce a series of events arranged and supported by Ireland’s embassy network and my Department as part of the international programme of 1916 commemorations.

“A wide range of events remembering 1916 and highlighting Ireland’s history, arts and culture in the century since will take place all around the globe. From Buenos Aires to Paris, and from Tokyo to New York, 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.”

Hundreds of events will take place in dozens of cities as part of the Global and Diaspora strand of the overall Ireland 2016 Commemorative Programme, in partnership with many organisations, including Culture Ireland.

Reflecting on the year ahead, Minister Flanagan said:

“This will be an important opportunity to remember a key moment in Irish history and to remember it with Ireland’s citizens, friends and international partners around the world. The Easter Rising took place in an international context, indeed it was headline news in the New York Times for days after Easter 1916, and it is fitting that the commemorations will reach beyond our shores and bring Ireland’s story to a whole new audience in a new way.”

The Minister concluded:

“Our missions around the world, together with their partners have produced interesting and diverse programmes, many with strong local resonances such as a Helsinki conference which will explore historic parallels between Ireland and Finland, which will mark 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. I know these events will prompt more visitors to come explore Ireland in the coming years.”

Press Office
28 December 2015

Notes for Editors:

Details of the Ireland 2016: Global and Diaspora Programme are available on or

Latest programme highlights being announced include:

  • A three-month programme of cultural events in Buenos Aires highlighting the events of 1916 and exploring the links that existed then and today between Ireland and Argentina, which is home to Ireland’s largest Spanish speaking diaspora.
  • A Tokyo conference with the theme of “The 1916 Rising with an Asian Perspective.”
  • A digitisation project in Melbourne, preserving 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 on the life and work of Roger Casement in Brasilia and Manaus in the Amazon Region of Brazil where Casement worked.
  • Images from the Sean Sexton collection, featuring photographs of the Easter 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 in Abu Dhabi alongside a programme of Irish music, poetry and dance.
  • The Ireland 100 three week festival of Irish Arts and Culture in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
  • 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 Easter Rising through the medium of songs from before, during and after the 1916 Rising will take place in Sydney.
  • A conference on Ireland in 1916 and the parallels between Ireland and Finland, which will mark a century of independence from 1917, taking place in Helsinki.