Keynote Speaker Patsy Kelly addresses the crowd at the Philadelphia Easter Rising Centenary commemoration at Independence Hall. (Photo: C. Keenan)

The Diaspora Commemorates 1916: United States

How the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising was commemorated throughout the U.S. ℘℘℘ NEW YORK CITY Senator Chuck Schumer launches the New York Rising commemorations in January. (Photo: James Higgins) Of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, five traveled to New York to seek assistance from the long-established republican Irish American community there, including Tom Clarke, who...

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The Argentine Navy Band present for the first time during the program for Buenos Aires Celebrates Ireland. (Photo courtesy The Southern Cross)

The Diaspora Commemorates 1916: International Events

How the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising was commemorated throughout the world. ℘℘℘  CANADA Briona Nic Dhiarmada delivers a lecture at Concordia University. What Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada Ray Bassett had in mind when he outlined 1916 Easter Rising commemorations in 2016 was sea-to-sea participation. And that’s what unfolded, scores of examples playing out from Halifax to...

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The wreath-laying ceremony, Sunday, March 27, at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photo: Maxwells

Ireland Remembers 1916:
The Dublin Centerpiece

“Let us revive the best of the promise of 1916, so that those coming generations might experience freedom in the full sense of the term – freedom from poverty, freedom from violence and insecurity, and freedom from fear.” – President Michael D. Higgins On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, nearly 4,000 members of the Irish Defense Forces, emergency service workers, and veterans (including...

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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with actors in period costume at the 1916 Easter Rising event in Clifton House, Belfast, including Bartle D’Arcy (left), who is helping organize the centenary plans. (Photo: Belfast Telegraph)

Ireland Remembers 1916:
Beyond the Pale

The main Easter commemorations were in Dublin where most of the action happened on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, but the Rising left deep scars on those beyond the Pale of Dublin. There were hundreds of commemorations in small towns, and villages, across Ireland, in Donegal, Longford, and Tipperary, and cities such as Cork and Belfast. ℘℘℘ BELFAST (Photo: Michael Cooper) Culture Minister...

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March 3, 2016; Anne Anderson, Irish ambassador to the United States, gives  remarks at the Gala  Premiere of the  documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion at the Leighton Concert Hall in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in Notre Dame, IN. The documentary was produced by Notre Dame. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

1916 – 2016: Reflections

“At a time of immense challenge in Ireland, in Europe, and in the United States, it is important that we draw on the perspective of memory, steady ourselves with reflection, and think boldly about the future.” – Ambassador Anne Anderson ℘℘℘ At home and abroad, the 1916 commemorations resonated beyond our greatest expectations, with more than 300 events, spanning every part of this...

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