A Liverpool committee to commemorate the city’s little known involvement of the 1916 Easter Rising has been launched ahead of the rebellion’s 100th anniversary.
It is now known that the Irish diaspora played a significant role in the 1916 Rising, and that up to 50 women and men based in Liverpool took place in the fighting during Easter week.
Some of these were Irish born while many were born in Liverpool and joined local companies of the Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mban in Liverpool from 1913 onwards to support the implementation of Irish Home Rule.
The failed Rising proved to be a seminal point in British/Irish relations and its impact on Irish history and politics reverberates to this day.
The Liverpool Easter 1916 Commemoration Committee has been set up to remember these women and men who sacrificed so much in the pursuance of Irish self determination and self government.
The Committee is made up of a wide range of individuals from the Irish community including academics, historians, Irish community members involved in Irish language, culture, sport and the arts.
The group will be launched at a special reception on October 7 at St. Michael’s Parish Centre.
Officers of the group include:
Chair – Dr Kevin McNamara (Former Labour Party Member of Parliament for Hull North and former Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1987-1994)
Secretary – Neil Doolin (Chair of Liverpool branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann & Chair of Cairde na hEireann Liverpool)
Treasurer – Patrick Gaul (Chair of St Michaels Irish Centre Liverpool)