Unveiling of 1916 Centenary plans in September
Wexford's programme of events for the 2016 centenary celebrations will be unveiled in September.
Last week the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD, met with John Carley, Director of Services, Cathaoirleach Tony Dempsey and Padraig O'Gorman District Manager of Wexford County Council, along with Local Authority representatives from across the country to get an update on the progress made on the county plans being developed as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
The meeting comes at the end of a major programme of citizen engagement, which saw 81 workshops held nationwide to stimulate discussions and ideas on how local communities should commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising next year.
Director of Services with Wexford County Council John Carley said each of the local authorities made a two minute presentation at the meeting. Wexford's presentation was headed up by Eddie Breen, Chairman of the Commemoration Committee in Wexford, Padraig O'Gorman, who is also the Co-oordinator of the celebrations in Wexford, Cllr. Dempsey and Mr Carley.
Following on from the meeting a plan for the celebrations within the county will be sent to central Government in September and a national plan will be published in October. Wexford's plan will also bee launched at the September meeting of Wexford County Council when the full programme of events will be unveiled.
Mr Carley said the Wexford programme will have a wide ranging scope and will have a particular focus on schools and looking to the future. 'We want the commemorations to be carried out with dignity and truth.'
Speaking at the meeting Minister Humphreys said: 'I am so encouraged by the level of excitement and engagement in County Wexford. Local people are really interested in getting involved in Ireland 2016, and communities right across the country have been full of great ideas about how the centenary of the Easter Rising can be commemorated at a local level. Thousands of people have attended the workshops nationwide over the last three months, in what was one of the biggest citizen engagement projects in the history of the State.
'I would like to acknowledge the very positive response we have received from Wexford County Council to the Ireland 2016 initiative. It is clear that they want to play their part as we commemorate the events of 1916, consider our achievements over the last 100 years and look ambitiously to the future. The development of the Wexford County plan is well advanced and it will play an important role in ensuring Ireland 2016 is a truly national event.'
Minister Kelly said: ' This is a very special time in our nation's history',