Meath 1916 Centenary Events

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January

Thurs 28th, 7.30 p.m.

Launch of Meath County Council Centenary Programme, Solstice theatre, Navan.

 

Thurs 28th, 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.

Meath Peace Group Ethical & Shared Remembering 4 week course, part 1, Decade overview and context, Dalgan Park, Navan.

 

Sat 30th, 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Final scanning day for Ballivor Community Library project: 1916-1966 Wedding Portraits. Navan Library. 

February

Thurs 4th, 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.

Meath Peace Group Ethical & Shared Remembering 4 week course, part 2, Rising, blood sacrifice and equality deferred, Dalgan Park, Navan.

Tues 9th, 7.00 p.m.

Battle of Ashbourne Centenary Committee and Ashbourne Historical Society jointly host exhibition in Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne. Opening by Thomas Ryan, RHA. Runs to 29 Feb.

Talk on Battle of Ashbourne in Ashbourne to coincide with exhibition – date TBC.

Thurs 11th, 8.00 p.m.

Navan and District Historical Society host talk on the Battle of Ashbourne. Columbanus Hall, Navan.

Sat 13th, 10.00-3.30 p.m.

Meath Peace Group Ethical & Shared Remembering 4 week course, part 3, the Somme, slaughter, and sectarianised memory, patriarchy, gender and the decade. Dalgan Park, Navan.

Sun 14th Feb, 3.00 p.m.

Drumconrath & Lobinstown Cultural & Heritage Society. Lecture on GAA by Richard McElligot in Muldoon’s Function Room, Drumconrath.

Tues 16th, 7.30 p.m.

Launch of Ríocht na Midhe 2016 (Journal of the Meath Archaeological & Historical Society) in Ardboyne hotel.

Thurs 18th 7.00 -9.00 p.m.

Meath Peace Group Ethical & Shared Remembering 4 week course, part 4,  War of Independence and Civil War, Dalgan Park, Navan.

Fri 19th, 8.00 p.m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation, a new play by Deirdre Kinahan, preview in Rosnaree House.

Sat 20th, 8.00 p.m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Rosnaree House. Official opening night.

Mon 22nd – Fri 26th 1.00 p. m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Bewley’s café, Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin.

Tues 23rd, 7.30 p.m.

Ashbourne Historical Society. Lecture on the Battle of Ashbourne - Ashbourne Library  

Tues 23rd, 6.00 p.m.

Transition Year Schools Art (Confined) Competition – Trim Area. Judging and Awards Evening – Trim Library.

Thurs 25th, 7.30 p.m.

Reading the Rising, One Rebellion, Many Views – talk by Dr Liam McNiffe on new books and publications in Kells library.

Sat 27th, 8.00 p.m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Solstice theatre, Navan.

Mon 29th Feb to Sat 5th Mar, 1.00 p.m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Bewley’s café, Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin.

 

March

Wed 2nd , Time TBC

Launch of primary schools play, Born, commissioned for 2016 from Deirdre Kinahan, in Gaelscoil Ultáin, Baile Ghib.

 

Wed 2nd, 7.30

Meath: History and Society, Geography Publication, book launch in Navan Library.

Thurs 3rd, 7.30 p.m.

One Voice was raised, it was old Dunshaughlin’ Peter Murray of Dunshaughlin and the early days of the Gaelic League in Meath. Talk by Daithí Ó Muirí. Dunshaughlin Library.

 

Thurs 3rd, 7.30 p.m.

Moylagh Historical Society. Oldcastle Remembers Seamus Cogan, talk by his nephew Frank Cogan.

Wreath laying ceremony at Memorial Cross, The Square, Oldcastle at 7.00 p.m.

 

Fri 4th, 11.00 a.m.

Meath County Council. Official re-naming of the Droichead Philib Uí Chléirigh : Philip Clarke Bridge at the Mattock River, Rossin on Friday 4th March, 2016 at 11.00 a.m.

 

Sat 5th, 8.00 p.m.

Summerhill History Group and Noel French. Talk by Noel French on “Meath in 1916 and the Burning of Summerhill House 1921.” Summerhill Community Centre.  

 

Mon 7th – Sat 13th, 1.00 p.m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Bewley’s café, Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin.

 

Tues 8th, 7.00 p.m.

Film screening of Irish Destiny. Noel French gives a short talk on the first film about the Irish War of Independence. Made in 1926, and released on the 10th anniversary of 1916, the main male star was from Trim. Trim Library.

  

Thurs 10th, 7.30 p.m.

Moynalty Steam Threshing Committee & Noel French. Talk on “The Life of Thomas Ashe” by Padraig B. Ashe – Grand nephew of Thomas Ashe. Moynalty Threshing Museum.

 

Fri 11th, Sat 12th, 8.00 p.m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Headfort House, Kells.

 

Sat 12th, 12.00 noon onwards

Philip Clarke Commemoration, Mass and Parade in Monknewtown. Event at Rossin Bridge.

 

Sun 13th, 3.00 p.m.

Drumconrath & Lobinstown Cultural & Heritage Society. The IRB from its foundation to the eve of the 1916 Rising, Lecture by Dr. Brian Casey in Muldoon’s Function Room, Drumconrath.

 

Sun 13th, 11.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Philip Clarke Commemoration in Dowth House. Large scale exhibition on life of Philip Clarke, the Rising, Cumann na mBan and associated events.

 

Mon 14th 1.00 p.m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Bewley’s café, Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin.

 

Mon 15th March to Fri 29th April

1916 Ireland in Contemporary Art / Éire 1916 san Ealaín Chomhaimseatha.  Multi-disciplinary art exhibition in response to 1916 and the events of the past 100 years, commissioned and curated by art collector Larry Lambe, and officially launched by Dermot Bolger. Artists include Robert Ballagh, Alice Maher, Michael Cullen, Padraig Lynch, Sean Hillen, Michael Cody, Peader Lamb, David Lilburn and poets  Rita Duffy and Dermot Bolger. The exhibition will include talks, workshops and demonstrations by some of the contributing artists. Open for class bookings on Proclamation Day15 March via vmchugh@meathcoco.ie  

Venue: Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre, free admission.

 

Tues 15th, 8.15 p.m.

Reading the Rising, One Rebellion, Many Views – talk by Dr Liam McNiffe on new books and publications in Ashbourne library following the Art Exhibition opening.

 

Tues 15th, 7.00 p.m.

Conradh na Gaeilge sa Mhí 1916 le Tiarnán de Hal, Leabharlann Ceannanas Mór.

 

Tues 15th, 8.00 p.m.

Navan Historical Society, Navan Shamrock Festival and Navan Singing Circle in association with Noel French. Remembering 1916 and Celebrating our Country - An Evening of Song, History, Story and Poetry. St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Navan.

 

Tues 15th, all day event

Art Competition for Transition Year Students - Students were invited to create a piece of work celebrating 1916.  Entries included Wood Carvings, Sculpture, and a Video. Winning entries on display in Trim Library on Proclamation Day, and meet the award-winning Artists who will be in Residence in the library for the day. Trim Library, High Street, Trim 046 – 9436014; trimlib@meathcoco.ie

 

Tues 15th, day event

Reading the Rising – Readings for Post-Primary Schools. Limited availability. For more details contact 046-9021134 navanlib@meathcoco.ie Navan Library, Railway Street, Navan.

 

Sun 20th, 7.30 p.m.

Mise Éire. 1916 Commemoration Concert of traditional music, song and dance, presented by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Solstice theatre, Navan. Tickets €16/€14.

 

 Sun 20th, 3.00-4.30 p.m.

Comóradh 1916 Remembering 1916. Halla Naomh Pádraig, Ucht-Uí-Néill St Patrick’s Hall, Ughtyneill. Travelling bilingual exhibition of the role that the Irish Language Revival Movement had in the history of Ireland and in the lives of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The bilingual event will include music, dancing, songs and poetry of the time. Refeshments served. All Welcome.

 

Mon 21st, 7.30 p.m.

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Pearse museum, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

 

Thurs 24th, 8.00 p.m.

Rebellion - an evening of poetry, art and film. Host: Witch's Hill Art Gallery and Tearooms

Phone:Phone: 0852744557. When:

Where:Witch's Hill, Cogan Street, Oldcastle, Co. Meath

 

 

Sat 26th, 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

One day-symposium presented by Trim Living History focusing on aspects of 1916 with a particular emphasis on Meath. Trim, Castle Arch Hotel.

 

Sat 26th, time TBC

Rathcairn. Leacht / Pageant. Tri-lingual event in Irish, French and English with a group visiting from France.

 

Sun 27th, 10.30 a.m.

Dunshaughlin & District Historical Society. Mass in Culmullen 10.30, refreshments and talk afterwards in Culmullen Hall, followed by meeting at Roestown Bridge for unveiling of stone, walk to Knockmark Graveyard (burial place of Seamus Fox) led by marching band, reading proclamation and laying of wreath. Return to Gilsenans for refreshments.  

 

Sun 27th, 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Longwood Fair Green - Family Day - Celebrating Community 1916 -2016. Remembering Thomas Allen and Eamonn Duggan. Easter Sunday Family day for 1916. Celebrating community, families and children and those who contribute to Irish life.

 

Mon 28th 11.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Ashbourne, State ceremonial commemoration of 1916 Rising.

Battle of Ashbourne Commemoration Committee re-enactment of Battle of Ashbourne.

 

Mon 28th 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Ballivor Community Library. Irish Destinies Fifty Years of Meath Wedding Photographs 1916-1966: Launch of website, slideshow and talks at 'Reflections on the Revolution’.  RTE - Dublin City event at Buswell’s Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

 

Mon 28th all day

Ashbourne Historical Society participate in ‘RTÉ REFLECTING THE RISING’   Dublin City event  

 

Mon 28th 5.00 – 7.00 p.m.

Aeriocht on Hill of Tara. Reading of the Proclamation & aspects of 1916 Irish life and culture to be on display including the Gaelic language i.e. the Gaelic League, performance of Irish music and Dance, Irish poetry and literature, Gaelic Games, Irish History and artefacts from the 1916 period.   

 

Tues 29th – 4th April

Wild Sky Theatre presentation in Irish Arts Centre, New York.

  

Wed 30th 7.00 p.m.

Author Frank Shouldice speaks about his grandfather and namesake from his recent book Grandpa the Sniper. Blackbird Books, Bakery Lane, Navan.

  

Thurs 31st, 8.00 p.m.

Guns at Easter, original musical written and composed by John Grant and performed by Kells Musical and Dramatic Society premiers at Kells Theatre.

 

Thurs 31st, 7.30 p.m.

Lecture. The Gaelic League in Oldcastle by Tim Mckenna and Ciarán Mangan. Oldcastle Library.

 

Thurs 31st, 7.30 p.m.

Reading the Rising, One Rebellion, Many Views – talk by Dr Liam McNiffe on new books and publications in Navan library.

 

March. Date TBC

Trim Ladies Gaelic Football Club: Presentation to underage teams of special commemorative 1916-2016 jerseys to be worn throughout the year.

 

April

Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd, 8.00 p.m.

Guns at Easter, original musical by John Grant, performed by Kells Musical and Dramatic Society. Kells Theatre.

  

Thurs 7th, 7.30 p.m.

Reading the Rising, One Rebellion, Many Views – talk by Dr Liam McNiffe on new books and publications in Trim library.

 

Thurs 14th April – Sun 5th June. 7.30 p.m.

Launch of Meath and 1916, Museum exhibition in Solstice Gallery, Navan.

  

Sat 16th, 8.00 p.m.

Guns at Easter, original musical by John Grant, performed by Kells Musical and Dramatic Society. Venue Theatre.

  

Sat 16th, Time TBC

Carnaross Historical Society. 1916 Commemoration Mass, followed by evening of music, song and display of memorabilia.

 

Sun 17th, 12.00 – 6.00 p.m.

Dunboyne Day of Local 1916 History. Talks in St Peter’s Parish Hall, all welcome. 3.00pm - Noel French on the Dunboyne Men of 1916. 3.20 pm – Tola Collier on the Battle of Ashbourne. 3.40pm – Sean Boylan on Sean Boylan Snr. and Dunboyne 1916.

  

Sun 17th, 3.00 p.m.

Drumconrath & Lobinstown Cultural & Heritage Society presents The Gaelic League - Lecture by Dr. Aoife Whelan, U.C.D  on The social and cultural background to the foundation of the Gaelic League; the politicisation of the movement, the role of women in the League and in the 1916 Rising. Drumconrath Parish Centre.

  

Wed 20th, 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Irish Military War Museum Artefacts Day in Solstice, Navan – William Sullivan will bring guns, uniforms etc and will meet anybody who brings in artefacts in their own possession.

  

Thurs 21st, 8.00 p.m.

Slane Historical and Archaeological Society. Talk on The Plunkett Families in Meath and in 1916 by Mary McDonnell. The Old Schoolhouse, Chapel St., Slane.

  

Thurs 21st, 7.30 p.m.

Reading the Rising, One Rebellion, Many Views – talk by Dr Liam McNiffe on new books and publications in Oldcastle library.

  

Fri 22nd 8.15 p.m.

Performance of Rebel, Rebel in Solstice Arts Centre, Gallery space, Navan.

Written and performed by Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara and directed by Louise Lowe. Duration: 1hr. Tickets: €14/€12

Booking Link: https://solsticeartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873545883/events?show_id=873545883

  

Fri 22nd 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Family History Day 1916 hosted by Enneclann, Dunshaughlin Library.

  

Fri 22nd, 8.00 p.m.

O’Carolan Branch Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann: Pearse commemoration evening in music and song, St John’s church, Nobber.

  

Sat 23rd, 2.40p.m.

 Performance of Rebel, Rebel. Solstice Arts Centre, Gallery space, Navan.

Written and performed by Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara and directed by Louise Lowe. Duration: 1hr. Tickets: €14/€12

Booking Link: https://solsticeartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873545883/events?show_id=873545883

 

Sun 24th, 12 noon onwards.

Dunboyne 1916 Memorial Ceremony Event at the Dunboyne Memorial Garden. Includes flag raising, re-enactment, pipe bands, tree ceremony, prayer service, flag raising and national anthem.

 

Tues 26th, 11.00 a.m.

Bellewstown Heritage Group. The 1916 CENTENARY COMMEMORATION CEREMONY                                          For JAMES MCCORMACK at DARDISTOWN BRIDGE. Refreshments afterwards in Bellewstown Inn. Rsvp to Fiona Ahern, Bellewstown Heritage Group, email ahernfiona@yahoo.ie

 

Wed 27th - Thurs 28th, day & evening events

Dunshaughlin & District Historical Society. Exhibition in Pastoral Centre or Courthouse “Celebrating a Century”. Oral History Project. Old children’s games /song and dance by Foroige. Music/Ceile  - day and evening.

 

April – date and venue TBC

The 1916 Song Project, research and performance project devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert,  featuring  ten traditional singers from the island of Ireland who will research, compose and present a body of traditional songs based on the  Easter Rising and events surrounding it. 

May

Sat 7th, 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Excursion: “1916 and Meath Connections” visiting Glasnevin cemetery, GPO, Arbour Hill, Collins Barracks.  Meath Archaeological and History Society & Noel French.

 

Sat 7th May from 2.00 p.m.

Brian O’Higgins Commemoration  Group. Exhibition  in Hall from  2pm (memorabilia and photos from that time).

Parade at 4pm from Hall to GAA Park followed by unveiling of plaque; Reading the proclamation;

Guest Speakers; Fior Ceili Dancing; Music and Sean Nos Singing.

Juvenile Hurling Game.

 

Wed 11th, 8.00 p.m.

Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows, Solstice Arts Centre, Gallery space, Navan.

Singer Michelle O’Rourke performs Songs of the 1916 Widows with the Robinson Panoramic Quartet. Written by composer and curator Simon O’Connor, and commissioned and presented by vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, Left Behind is a new collection of songs to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Duration: 1 Hour (Visual Arts Space) Tickets:  €14/12

Booking Link: https://solsticeartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873548488/events?show_id=873548488

 

Thurs 12th, 8.00 p.m.

Navan & District Historical Society. Talk on The Battle of Ashbourne – the Aftermath by Vincent Mulvany. Columbanus Hall, Navan.

 

Sat 21st, 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p m.

Francis Ledwidge Museum. He Shall No Hear the Bittern Cry: Reconciliation conference with focus on Thomas MacDonagh and Francis Ledwidge. Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane.

 

June

Sun 5th, Time to be confirmed.

Meath Travellers Workshop. 1916 Pageant and Raid on Watergate Street.

A parade of local groups and bands from around the country, led by the Cabra Historical Society will walk through Navan, resting at Watergate Street, to witness a re-enactment of the "Taking of the Proclamation" on Watergate Street.

Full details to follow at a later date.

 

Thurs 24th, 8.00 p.m.

Guns at Easter, original musical by John Grant, performed by Kells Musical and Dramatic Society. Kells Theatre.

 

July

Date and venue TBD

Ballivor Community Library: Wedding photographs 1966-1966. Launch of digital archive and first exhibition. Exhibitions to follow locally in additional library / arts venues.

 

August

Sat 20th - 28th Times TBC

Navan & District Historical Society. As part of Heritage Week: Walking Tours of 1916 Graves at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Navan.

 

September

De Sathairn 24 Meán Fómhair  8.00 sharp.

Léacht – Leabharlann Ráth Cháirn.  Sa Bhearna Bhaoil – Gaillimh 1913-1923 le Cormac Ó Comhraí.

 

October

Sat 15th, 8.00 p.m.

Guns at Easter, original musical by John Grant, performed by Kells Musical and Dramatic Society. Solstice Theatre.

 

November

Mon 7th – Sat 12th

Meath Travellers Workshop Exhibition – Navan Library.

Mon 14th – Sat 19th

Meath Travellers Workshop Exhibition – Trim Library.

Wed 23rd – Sun 27th, 8.00 p.m.

Navan Drama Group present Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. Solstice theatre, Navan.

 

December

All of December.

Going Solo, Award Winning Artists Exhibition of work in response to the Rising – Ashbourne, Toradh Gallery.

 

 

 
 
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