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

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