The Chieftains among programme of centenary events in Glasgow
An official programme of community events that will take place across Britain to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising has been launched. Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, launched the programme, which includes 87 confirmed events so far, at a reception at the Irish Embassy in London.
One of the major events taking place in the UK will be on 15 January at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
As reflected by a year-long international programme of centenary events, Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, the bloodily heroic precursor to eventual independence, remains a seminally important episode in the country’s history.
Together with the political struggle – as Irish Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, director-general of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, recently observed – “Our cultural identity was central to the aspirations and motivation of 1916”, as embodied by the presence of several poets among the rebels, and the simultaneous artistic ferment, encompassing song, literature, theatre and journalism, which fuelled the nationalist cause.
Irish culture has increasingly flourished over the ensuing century, more than half of which has seen your legendary hosts for this evening, The Chieftains, at the forefront of this worldwide success. Among their array of very special guests are former Dubliners fiddler John Sheahan and top contemporary balladeer Declan O’Rourke, who’ve recently won huge acclaim with Damien Dempsey as The New Triangle.
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland 2016.
More on the centenary events here: www.theirishworld.com/1916