Tuesday 16 January 2018

Enniscorthy to play key role in State's 1916 centenary celebrations

By Darragh Clifford

Deputy Paul Kehoe.
Deputy Paul Kehoe.

Enniscorthy will play a central role in the State's National Programme for the 1916 centenary.

The Ireland 2016: Commemorative Programme, launched on Tuesday March 31 at the National Museum has revealed that Enniscorthy has been selected as one of the locations outside of Dublin where a National State Ceremony will take place in commemoration of the 1916 Rising.

The events in Enniscorthy during Easter Week 1916 give the town and County Wexford a significant place in the history of those of the Rising. The commemorations will involve synchronised wreath laying ceremonies on Easter Monday at 1.15pm, the time the first shots of the 1916 Rising were fired.

Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD has welcomed the news. 'This is a fantastic opportunity for Enniscorthy to play a significant part in the 1916 Rising Centenary Programme. Following meetings I have held over the last number of months with Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD, officials from Wexford County Council, I am delighted to see Enniscorthy recognised and given a chance to showcase the town at a national level,' said Minister Kehoe.

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