Launch of the Ireland 2016 Commemorative Programme

AHGLogoAn Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and An Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD,  joined the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, to launch the Ireland 2016 Commemorative Programme in The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks on Tuesday, 31 March. At the launch, Heather Humphreys TD, stated,

“Artists played a vital role in the lead up to 1916. So it is fitting that artists will play a central role in the commemoration of the Rising. The arts have a way of exploring our history and imagining our future in a way that breaks boundaries and brings an alternative perspective. The Arts Council recently opened a call for ambitious projects to mark the Rising in creative, innovative and inspiring ways. A large scale National Choral event, involving choirs from all over the country, will also be held here in Collins Barracks. Seven signature concerts will take place in the National Concert Hall during Easter Week. And a major exhibition will be curated by the National Gallery. We’re also working with our national broadcaster on a major public event, which will span a number of locations and will be televised on Easter Monday 2016. It will tell the story of Ireland in a creative and exciting way, through music, song, drama and dance.”

Further information:
T: 087 6737338 / (01) 631 3807 / 3838 / 3848 (direct)

Madeline Boughton
Ireland 2016: Centenary Programme
T: 087 7977 827


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