Constance Markievicz, one of the central leaders of the Rising


The Christchurch Irish Society has a very good programme of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Irish Rebellion.  The events are all at the Irish Society’s hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon.

Wednesday 23rd March @ 7pm: Table Quiz Fundraiser. Prizes, spot prizes. Grab your mates for a laugh. $20 a table of up to 6 people.

Thursday March 31st @ 8pm: Michael Collins Movie. Lost the 1916 plot? Come along and refresh your memory in this reasonably accurate Hollywood adaptation.

Saturday April 2nd @ 7pm: Women in Revolution. Philip Ferguson discusses the importance and heroism of the women of 1916, most notably the remarkable Constance Markievicz. Refreshments.

Wednesday April 6th @ 7pm: Revolution. Marla Hughes poses the question, Is a rising a revolution? What do you think yourself? Refreshments.

Thursday April 14th @ 8pm: The Wind that Shakes the Barley Movie. Beautifully crafted depicting the aftermath of the Rising. Bring the tissues, ‘tis emotional.

Sunday April 24th. Main Event. Reflect briefly and then party at length. Ceollu bring the trad tunes while Stoutfellas headline to ROCK, REBEL & REVEL!!!

Canterbury WEA first-term one-day course on the Rising

In Christchurch the Canterbury Workers Educational Association is also offering a one-day course on the Rising.  This will take place on Saturday, April 2, starting at 11am, and is part of the CWEA’s first-term programme.  The presenter is Dr Philip Ferguson.  Below is the course outline:

In the last week of April 1916, several thousand Irish men and women launched a rebellion for Irish freedom.  Although the rebellion was defeated and its leaders executed by the British, the rebel movement quickly reorganised and, voted for by a majority of Irish people, fought a war for independence before dividing on whether or not to accept the Treaty offered by the British government.  The sessions for this course, which will feature some film footage from the time, will include: the road to the 1916 rising; Republican reorganisation and the war for independence; the Irish civil war; the meaning of 1916 today.






Clann éirígí members in Dunedin are organising an event on Sunday, April 24 (April 24 is the day the Rising actually began in 1916; it was Easter Monday).  The event will take place from 2-6pm.  There will be talks on the Rising and film footage from the time of the Rising.  The speakers are Colin Clarke and Philip Ferguson.  More details available shortly.



Invitation/Cuirdeach. . . . Caed Mile Failte

What?   A gathering to mark the centenary of the proclamation of the Irish Republic on April 24, 1916, during the Easter Rising. It will include some historical  background, the declaration of the Republic, a roll of honour, some songs and poetry.

Why? To honour those who took part in this pivotal blow for Irish independence, all those who paved the way and those who followed, and to honour our own  Irish ancestors including those whose journeys from their native land ensured for many of us the gift of life in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

When? from 6.30pm, Sunday, April 24.

Where? Parish Centre, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, William St, Richmond

Who? Yourself and anyone else you think supports the kaupapa.

Food and drink? Please bring a plate (with something on it!) and some drink.

Anything else? If you feel so inclined come dressed as your favourite Rising character!



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