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Friday 9 December 2016

1,800 events are planned to mark centenary of Rising

05/04/2015 Irish Volunteer Citizen Army march past the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell St. as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. Members of Sinn Fein were present. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
05/04/2015 Irish Volunteer Citizen Army march past the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell St. as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. Members of Sinn Fein were present. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

ART exhibitions, theatre projects and musical tours are some of the events being planned around the country to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

The heads of 31 local authorities met in Dublin yesterday to launch the programme that will mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter rebellion.

Each county presented its plan of activities to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the special event in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

The programme includes more than 1,800 events

including the plantation of 500 trees by 15 scout groups from Co Wicklow over 16 acres to

commemorate those who died in the Rising.

“The story and events of 1916 belongs to all of us regardless of political or family background, or personal interpretation of our modern history,” said Mr Kenny.

“I am delighted that the local authorities have reached into the heart of the communities you represent to ensure that next year will be a truly inclusive one – where all citizens’ views can be listened to and respected.”

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