Cork council to host most Rising events

Cork County Council will host the largest number of events planned anywhere in the country to commemorate next year’s centenary of the 1916 Rising.

More than 300 events are planned by 100 different groups at 70 venues and they will include re-enactments, lectures, oral history projects, plus some in Múscraí and Oileán Cléire which will be undertaken in Irish.

It is estimated the events will cost €500,000 to stage.

Some funding will come from the Government, and Cork County Council chief executive Tim Lucey said he would be looking at topping this up through the local authority’s annual budget, which will be decided in December.

Events being planned include honouring:

  • Skibbereen native Geraoid O Suilleabhain, who was chosen by Padraig Pearse to fly the Irish flag over the GPO;
  • Drinagh man Sean Hurley, who was the only Corkman killed in the Easter Rising and was the man who introduced Michael Collins to the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) in London;
  • Diarmuid Lynch from Tracton. He was a prominent member of the Supreme Council of the IRB and was chosen by Padraig Pearse to pick the best locations for the landing of the gun-running ship The Aud;
  • Thomas Kent, one of only two Irishmen executed by the British outside of Dublin. His State funeral takes place this Friday;
  • Abina Broderick, daughter of 8th Vicount Midleton, who became one of the foremost Irish Republican women;
  • Diarmiuid Lynch, a Corkman, who was only one of five men including Pearse and Tomas MacDonagh who decided the Rising would go ahead in Dublin;
  • The mass mobilisation of Volunteers on April 23, 1916, who went to Carrigaima (near Macroom) expecting to collect the guns which never arrived from The Aud.

Nearly 20 ceremonial events will take place in the county, two of which will be State ceremonial events — in commemoration of Easter Rising on Monday, March 28, and in commemoration of Thomas Kent on May 9.

Cork council to host most Rising events

The make-up of the events is the culmination of a number of workshops set up by the council for community groups which expres- sed interest in commemorating the Rising in their localities.

“The council is committed to providing the best possible tribute to the heroes of 1916 during the centenary year,” Mayor of County Cork Cllr John Paul O’Shea (Ind) said.

He said he wanted to single out the enormous work undertaken on the project by the council’s heritage officer and 2016 co-ordinator Conor Nelligan.

“There is a huge appetite in the county for commemorating the 1916 centenary, evidenced by the sheer number of people who have come up with some wonderful proposals,” Mr Nelligan said.

The county council has already established an all-party 1916 Centenary Commemorative Committee, chaired by Councillor Frank O’Flynn (FF), which will oversee the events.

“We have held seven public consultations which were all very well attended,” said Cllr O’Flynn.

“I want to compliment the communities who submitted some very exciting proposals. Co Cork played a very important role in the Rising and it is only right and fit- ting that we honour the men and women of 1916 who gave the supreme sacrifice in giving their lives for their country.”

He said the local authority would play its part with honour and dignity in celebrating the centenary.

The county council’s programme of events will be officially launched, together with plans from all other local authorities, by Taoiseach Enda Kenny next month.

  • Further information on the County Cork commemorations for 2016 can be had by contacting Conor Nelligan at 021 4285905, or at conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie

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