Public invited to help plan 1916 centenary events

The public has been invited to help shape and influence Cork city’s 1916 commemorations at a public workshop next week.

The City Council has invited people to attend the two-hour event in City Hall’s Concert Hall from 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 26, to afford everyone who is interested an opportunity to offer their own suggestions and listen to the ideas of others and inform the city’s 2016 centenary programme.

“This is a great opportunity to be a part of the marking of an important year for Cork city and indeed for the entire country,” a spokesperson for City Hall said.

A number of plans are already underway include engaging with a wide range of cultural and community activities, including working with local historians, heritage groups and organisations, artists, poets, musicians, Irish language bodies, and festivals.

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Anyone interested in attending the city’s workshop is asked to register by email at 1916@corkcity.ie or telephone 021-4924116 by 5pm on Friday.

Cork County Council is also planning a series of workshops throughout the county in the coming weeks.

Anyone who would like to offer suggestions to Cork County Council should email conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie.

The 2016 centenary programme will be based on five themes, including remembrance, reconciliation, re-imagine our legacy for future generations, and celebration of the Proclamation’s idealism, exemplified by our legacy of UN peacekeeping, and the developmental and humanitarian work of Irish Aid and our NGOs.

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