Killorglin 1916 Centenary Committee releases programme of events for Easter Rising Commemoration

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The Killorglin 1916 Centenary Committee today releases its highly anticipated programme of events for the Easter Rising Commemoration weekend 2016. The purpose of the Killorglin 1916 Centenary Committee is to hold a major series of events to commemorate the centenary of the Ballykissane Tragedy of Good Friday 1916.

Announcing Killorglin 1916 Centenary Committee’s events, P.R.O, Josie O’Donnell said: “1916 is a year of huge emotional and political significance in Killorglin’s history as much as in Irish history. The first casualties of the Rising happened in Killorglin, and in our approach to covering and commemorating the centenary of 1916, Killorglin 1916 Centenary Committee is embracing all of its complexity by planning a range of diverse events – where audiences can understand, debate, commemorate, and celebrate’.

Killorglin Historian Tom Doyle will launch his book ‘The Ballykissane Tragedy – Good Friday 1916’ on Thursday 24th March in St. Michael’s Church Hall, Iveragh Rd., Killorglin. A Wall of Remembrance will be unveiled on the New Line Road on Good Friday, March 25th. The Killorglin

1916 Centenary Committee has commissioned renowned Valentia Island sculptor Alan Ryan Hall to design a memorial wall; consisting of deep-relief bronze pieces that commemorate the first casualties of the 1916 Easter Rising, who drowned after their car plunged off Ballykissane Pier into the River Laune near Killorglin.

A 1916 Grand Concert will be held on Good Friday night in Killorglin’s KCYMS Hall. This special once-off ticketed event will be rich in drama, song and poetry performed by local actors and musicians in an exciting two-hour production.

A symposium (lectures by respected national historians and researchers, followed by discussion) covering the period 1912 – 1923 will take place on the morning of Saturday 26th March in Killorglin KCYMS Hall.

Over the weekend an exhibition of photographic and archival material will also be on display at the Chapel on the Hill, Market St., Killorglin. There also will be a walking trail covering relevant sites of interest. O’Donnell continues ‘Our programme will include the many planned events that will commemorate and celebrate the 1916 Rising. The programme will embrace music and the arts, as well as lectures and walks. The scale and range of our programme is suitably wide-ranging and ambitious. The Wall of Remembrance will stand as a constant reminder of the events of Ballykissane 1916 for the decades and generations ahead of us. I believe that, in this special commemorative year, this is Killorglin’s role and responsibility.

We hope our audiences will join us for a unique series of programmes and events that chart, explain, critique and celebrate a ground-breaking decade that has shaped our history since then.”

More information will be released in the coming weeks detailing each of the events. The Killorglin 1916 Centenary Committee is made up principally of members of Killorglin Archive Society, Killorglin History and Folklore Society and Killorglin Community Council whose headquarters are located in the Sean Scoil, Killorglin (all are voluntary, non-profit, community-based groupings) with support from other community groups and educational establishments. We acknowledge the generous support of the Local County Councilors and the Kerry County Council Strategic Policy Committee.

Josie O’Donnell

Killorglin 1916 Centenary Committee P.R.O

Jan. 2016

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