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Launch of the Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme

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Launch of the Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme

The Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme, an exciting international programme of creative, community and commemorative events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, will be launched by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Heather Humphreys TD, this evening [Mon, June 29].

The Ministers will encourage the diaspora and Ireland’s international friends to get involved in events taking place in cities from Buenos Aires to Paris and New York to Rome to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, including its international dimensions. The programme is being organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Culture Ireland, and will be an opportunity to share the best of Irish arts and culture with the world.

Speaking ahead of the launch in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where Michael Mallin and Countess Constance Markievicz were based during the fighting in Easter Week 1916, Minister Flanagan said:

“From Washington to Tokyo, and from Paris to Buenos Aires, an exciting range of historical, cultural and arts events will take place over the coming year to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916. I would like to invite Ireland’s global family and friends to come together to remember the events of a century ago, reflect on what we have achieved and what we need to continue to strive for and to look forward to the next 100 years.

“The programme will encourage reflection on the international dimension of the Rising. Many of the leaders of 1916 spent time in the United States and in other countries – experiences that shaped their thoughts and actions. We should remember too that what happened in Ireland a century ago echoed around the world and became a significant reference point for other countries seeking independence.”

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Heather Humphreys TD said

“The arts are at the very centre of Ireland 2016. Through the Global and Diaspora strand of the programme, we want to invite an international audience to get involved in the centenary celebrations with arts event, concerts, exhibitions and so much more. It is also vitally important that we engage with our Diaspora and recognise the huge contribution they have made to this country over the last 100 years.

“Culture Ireland has a wonderful reputation for showcasing the best of Irish arts abroad. Its Ireland 2016 programme, which will be developed further in the coming months, will bring the best of Irish arts to some of the world’s greatest cities, including major events in New York, London and Sydney. The Irish are renowned globally for our artist excellence and through 2016 we can utilise the arts as a unifying force that brings people together at home and abroad.”

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan said

“Our Constitution recognises the diaspora as part of our nation and this is central to Global Irish our new diaspora policy. This Global and Diaspora Programme reaches out to the diaspora.

“As part of sharing this occasion in a real and tangible way with those overseas, we will ensure that the Gala Concert to be held in the National Concert Hall on 16 March 2016 will be beamed around the world and we will make artefacts from 1916 available in digital form on the award winning website”

Minister of State with responsibility for Culture Ireland, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, said

“The ideals of 1916 were born out of a movement that was as much cultural as it was political. The Gaelic and Literary revivals helped to inspire a new generation who believed Ireland could flourish as an independent nation. It is fitting, therefore, that Culture Ireland is developing an extensive programme, allowing Irish artists to present their work, and their reflections on 1916, to the world.

“The recent Marriage Equality Referendum demonstrated just how connected our young diaspora are to life here at home. I want to ensure that we capture their imagine next year, as part of the Ireland 2016 commemorations. What better way to engage young people than through the arts. The Culture Ireland Ireland 2016 programme will have the global reach to connect with our Diaspora and make them a part of this once in a generation event.”

Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme

The Global and Diaspora Programme is one of the seven strands of the overall Ireland 2016 programme, which was launched by the Taoiseach on 31 March 2015. The Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme is a once-in-a-century opportunity at home and overseas to explore, present, debate and reflect on Ireland then, now and to imagine the next 100 years. As part of Ireland 2016, Ireland’s embassies and consulates, together with Culture Ireland, will also be promoting the best of Irish arts and culture worldwide. The following are just some of the events that are currently being planned around the globe:


Press Office

29 June 2015