Clann éirígí members in Dunedin have organised an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rebellion in Ireland.
The event is going to be held on Sunday April 24. This particular Sunday is when the rebellion was supposed to start – it was Sunday, April 23 in 1916 – while the 24th of April (which was the Monday in 1916) is when it actually began.
The event will include showing newsreel footage of the period leading up to the Rising as well as parts of the Rising itself and its immediate aftermath.
There will also be two talks.
Philip Ferguson will speak about the road to the Rising and Colin Clarke will speak about the Rising in the context of other revolts in Europe in the 1800s and early 1900s.
The event will start at 2pm and end about 5.30pm. It is being held in the Otago Room of the Clubs and Societies building at 84, Albany Street.
NELSON EASTER RISING 1916 COMMEMORATION
Invitation/Cuirdeach. . . . Céad Míle Fáilte
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.