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Cork County Council invites participation from local groups, organisations and individuals to be part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

Ireland 2016 is a year-long programme of activity, in which everyone is invited to participate, to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements as a democratic state over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future.

The national programme, which was announced by the government on 31 March 2015, includes seven strands; State Ceremonial; Historical Reflection; An Teanga Bheo/The Living Language; Youth and Imagination; Cultural Expression; Community Participation; Global and Diaspora.

The Community Participation strand is being led by local authorities across the country and Cork County Council is currently involved in drafting a Programme for the upcoming Centenary. This programme is being prepared by Cork County Council’s All-Party 1916 Centenary Commemorative Committee and a County Coordinator has also been appointed, responsible for coordinating the local programme.

Whether you are a member of a local historical society, sports club, amateur drama club or community group, or even if this is something that is purely a personal interest, this is an opportunity to share ideas, pool resources and be part of the creation of a unique and distinctive local programme to mark Ireland 2016.

With this in mind, Cork County Council will host a series of open meetings for anyone interested in participating in the development and delivery of Cork’s local programme, as part of Ireland 2016. Your attendance at any of the following venues would be appreciated:

Location: Clonakilty Library on Tuesday 9th June 2015 from 8pm to 9:30pm 
Location: Floor 16, County Hall on Wednesday 10th June 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:15pm 
Location: Midleton Library on Wednesday 10th June 2015 from 8pm to 9:30pm 
Location: Fermoy Library on Thursday 11th June 2015 from 8pm to 9:30pm 

Interested participants are kindly requested to register their interest to attend by emailing before Friday 5th June

Cork County Council, in addition to organising this series of open meetings, is also seeking written submissions from interested parties with suitable ideas, events and suggestions for commemorating 1916. Closing date for receipt of said submissions is Friday 19th June 2015 at 4.00pm, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, ‘Ireland 2016’ Cork County Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email to

Details of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme are available at A Working Document with a background to Cork and 1916 as well as a summary of the National 2016 Agenda is available to view by clicking here One can also follow Ireland 2016 on Facebook and Twitter: #ireland2016 #eire2016

For further information on the Cork County ‘Ireland 2016’ Programme, contact: Conor Nelligan (email or phone 021 4276891).

To see the National Commemoration Plan for 2016 click here.