Communities across Donegal and across the country marked the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising this past weekend with parades and other events.
Commemorative events are taking place throughout the year in the Donegal 2016 programme, supported by Donegal County Council, which reflect on achievements over the past 100 years and also look toward the future.
Events in Donegal reflect the strands of the national programme: Ceremonial, Historical Reflection, An Teanga Bheo/The Living Language, Youth and Imagination, Cultural Expression, Community Participation and Global and Diaspora.
Here is a sampling of events in the coming weeks.
Local historian and author Helen Meehan will deliver a series of lectures based on 1916 leaders’ connections to Donegal in each municipal district. She will speak at the Buncrana Community Library at 6.30pm on Wednesday, April 13th; at the Central Library in Letterkenny at 6pm, Thursday, April 21st; at Leabharlann Phobail na Rosann, Dungloe, at 2pm, Tuesday, May 10th; at Bundoran Community Library at 7pm, Wednesday May 11th; and at Lifford Community Library at 11am, Wednesday, May 18th.
On April 8th, Donegal County Museum will launch its, “County Donegal in 1916: Children’s Activity Booklet”, at a special schools event. The booklet will enable children to interact with the County Donegal in 1916 exhibition in an educational and fun manner.
Also on April 8th, a lecture in Letterkenny, Brian Crowley, curator of the Pearse Museum in Dublin, will explore the connections between the Pearse family and St. Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny in a lecture in Letterkenny.
The Inishowen Traditional Music Project, in association with Ceol na Cille in Letterkenny, will discuss and perform the traditional, military and popular Irish songs of the day.
In May, Donegal County Museum, in conjunction with Dark Daughter productions, presents, “The Forgotten Women of 1916”, a drama production exploring the role of women in 1916.
On July 23rd and 24th, commemoration events on Gola Island will include a historical walk and a lecture on the Asgard trip.
On July 25th, Oideas Gael in Glencolmcille will hold a bilingual symposium, “The Irish language – Whose language?” including speakers Mary McAleese, former president; Linda Ervine, Turas Language Project; and Dr Seosamh Watson.
On May 17th, family history experts from Findmypast and Eneclann will be at the Central Library in Letterkenny to help people trace their ancestors.
From May 18th-20th, a 1916 Diaspora conference in Letterkenny will address a range of issues relevant to the 1916 period and its legacy.
The full programme for Donegal 2016 is available at the Donegal County Council website, www.donegalcoco.ie.