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Play your role in making history and be part of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

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Donegal County Council is inviting local groups, organisations and individuals to be part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme


Donegal County Council will host an open meeting on Tuesday May 19 at 7.30pm at the Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny for anyone interested in participating in the development and delivery of Donegal’s local programme, as part of Ireland 2016.


Ireland 2016 is a year-long programme of activity, in which everyone is invited to participate, to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements as a democratic state over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future. 


The national programme, which was announced by the government on March 31, includes seven strands; State Ceremonial; Historical Reflection; An Teanga Bheo/The Living Language; Youth and Imagination; Cultural Expression; Community Participation; Global and Diaspora. 


The Community Participation strand is being led by local authorities across the country and Donegal County Council has appointed Michael O’hEanaigh, Director of Community, Culture and Development Planning as local coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the local programme.


Whether you are a member of a local historical society, sports club, amateur drama club or community group, or even if this is something that is purely a personal interest, this is an opportunity to share ideas, pool resources and be part of the creation of a unique and distinctive local programme to mark Ireland 2016.


Speaking at the announcement of the local meeting, Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive, Seamus Neely said: “Ireland 2016, as a year of reflection and engagement for everyone on this island, goes far beyond the formal marking of a key historical moment.  It is a once-in-a-century invitation to people of all ages, at home and overseas, to shape and take part in a diverse range of historical, cultural and artistic activities, all designed to nurture reflection, commemoration, celebration and debate. There is a wealth of imagination, energy and vision available to us in Donegal and I want to encourage everyone to get involved in their own way so we can make Ireland 2016 a truly national event.”


Anyone interested in attending this meeting should register by email at [email protected] by Friday 15 May at 4pm.

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