Events. Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland

Proclamation of the Irish Republic, signed on April 24, 1916 by seven leaders of the uprising, Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, Pádraig Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, James Connolly and Joseph Plunkett. All were executed by the British after the rising was crushed.

Proclamation of the Irish Republic, signed on April 24, 1916 by seven leaders of the uprising, Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, Pádraig Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, James Connolly and Joseph Plunkett. All were executed by the British after the rising was crushed.

April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, an armed uprising of the Irish people to win their independence by ending British colonial rule so as to be free to decide their own destiny. The 1916 Rising was the first major revolt against British rule in Ireland since the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798. The rebellion lasted until April 29 when it was brutally crushed by the forces of the British Empire, after thousands of reinforcements were brought in from England and other parts of Ireland. It became the first stage in a war of independence that resulted in the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922 and, ultimately, the formal declaration of an Irish Republic in 1949. Britain still maintain a military presence in the north of Ireland, even if troops have been withdrawn from the streets for some years now – mainly to free them for other criminal interventions in the Middle East and elsewhere.

The Easter Rising stands second to none in the pages of the heroic history of the Irish people, and centenary events are being marked throughout 2016 in Ireland and around the world. The number and variety of commemorative events taking place on the Easter weekend in Ireland was at a record as the 26 County state attempted to make up for the years when it ignored the 1916 anniversary. Many events below are from the calendar provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Ireland in Canada.

Friday, April 22

Edmonton – 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration Dinner

7:00 pm
10750 124 St. NW
Tickets: $50
For information: Caolan (780-680-1601), David (780-680-8993), Desmond (780-243-8171)
Presented by Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada)

Friday, April 22 to Saturday, April 23

Montreal – CineGael 1916 Commemoration

Website

Friday, April 22 to Saturday, April 30

Vancouver – Ireland 2016: Centenary Film Programme

This special program, curated by the Irish Film Institute, features films by an array of prominent directors, including John Ford, David Lean, Neil Jordan, and Ken Loach.

The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St #200
Website

Saturday, April 23

Saskatchewan – Irish Cultural Association of Saskatchewan 1916 Commemoration

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holy Cross High School, 2115 Mceown Ave

Winnipeg – Irish Association of Manitoba 1916 Commemoration

654 Erin Street
Website

Vancouver  – 1916-2016 Commemoration Banquet

6:00 pm
Hilton Hotel Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby
Tickets: $70
For information: Bernard (604-929-7607) or George (604-948-2885)
Presented by the Vancouver Easter Rising Committee

Toronto – 1916 Rising Centenary Commemoration Dinner

7:00 pm
Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen St. W.
Tickets: $75
For information: 416-402-3729
Presented by Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada)

Sunday, April 24

Moncton – 1916 Commemoration Featuring Dr. Stewart Donovan of St. Thomas University

Presented by Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick, Moncton Chapter
Resurgo Place, 20 Mountain Rd.

Calgary – Let Freedom Ring: Remember and Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Rising 1916-2016

12:00 pm
Crystal Ridge Golf Club, 9 Crystal Green Ln, Okotoks
Tickets: $40 (adults), $20 (children)
For information: Alex O’Donnell (403-969-8855), Michael McKay (403-306-6123), Neil Gunning (403-561-3959)
Presented by Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada)

Tuesday, April 26

Saint John – The 1916 Irish Easter Rising and New Brunswick

An illustrated public talk by Prof. Greg Marquis, Department of History and Politics, University of New Brunswick.

7:30 pm
New Brunswick Museum, 1 Market Square
Presented by New Brunswick Historical Society
For information: gmarquis@unb.ca

Sunday, May 1

Ottawa – Commemoration of 100th Anniversary of 1916 Irish Rebellion

Traditional Irish music, songs, poetry & readings, hosted by “Celtic Folk Night Group.” Formal programme followed by Celtic Folk Night (Rebel Songs).

7:30 pm
Heart and Crown, 353 Preston St.
For information: 613-726-7583

Monday, May 2 to Tuesday, May 3

Sudbury – Commemoration of 1916

Details TBA

Saturday, May 21

Toronto – 1916 Rising Centenary Concert with The Wolfe Tones

7:00 pm
The Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave.
Tickets: $40
For information: 416-402-3729
Presented by Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada)

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Sunday, April 17. Ottawa – 1916 Remembered

A commemoration of the events of 1916 through a weave of Irish song, music, narration and literature.

3:00 pm
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street
Kildare Room, Entrance on Cumberland St.
RSVP to Kay — kayohegarty@sympatico.ca (613) 829-8467

Website

Event compilation courtesy of cpcml.ca’s coming events section

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