BUDGET 2016: €50m earmarked for events of 1916 commemoration

Michael Noonan raised the ghosts of 1916 yesterday during his budget speech, citing next year’s centenary of the Easter Rising as a time to reflect on the country’s crises and achievements.
BUDGET 2016: €50m earmarked for events of 1916 commemoration

Some €50m is also being set aside to mark the centenary of the Rising.

While Sinn Féin will have the advantage of having the lords mayor of Dublin and Cork leading the marches on Easter Sunday, its move to commemorate the event with an annual public holiday has been blocked by the Government, which opposed legislation that would have made April 24 “Republic Day”.

Sinn Féin argued it would celebrate the day that Padraig Pearse read the proclamation from the GPO in Dublin.

TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said that he thought the special circumstances should allow a public holiday: “I think it would be appropriate for every year, especially for next year, given that we’re marking it once in a lifetime, in fact more than a lifetime — it’s 100 years.”

Art exhibitions, theatre projects and musical tours are some of the events being planned around the country to commemorate 1916.

The programme includes more than 1,800 events, including the planting of 500 trees by scout groups from Co Wicklow over 16 acres to commemorate those who died in the Rising.

A series of flagship projects is to get special funding to commemorate 1916. A total of €22m to be spent on “a suite of commemoration projects”, has already been promised by Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan.

This will include investment in Dublin’s GPO interpretative centre, including an exhibition area.

Money will also be allocated to a Dublin tenement museum, in memory of the 1913 Lockout, and the cottage in Ros Muc, Co Galway, that was once used by Pádraig Pearse.

The cottage in Connemara was used by Pearse as a summer school for his pupils from St Enda’s college in Dublin.

Kilmainham courthouse and jail, Richmond Barracks and the Military Archives will also get funding.

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