2016 Project Office

Ireland 2016 is the Irish Government’s programme to mark the centenary of the rebellion of Easter 1916, the event that is generally regarded as having led to Ireland’s independence some six years later.

The ambition of Ireland 2016 is that people everywhere, in Ireland and overseas, will discover more about 1916 and that period in our history, will participate in events that are being held all around the country and abroad, and will gain access to newly available online historical and cultural material about 1916, as well as material about the centenary programme. 

The overarching themes for the year are Remember, Reflect, Reimagine:

  • Remembering our history and in particular the events of 1916
  • Reflecting on our achievements as a Republic in the intervening century
  • Reimagining our future for coming generations

The Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations (EAG) was established by the Taoiseach in 2011 to advise the Government on historical matters relating to the Decade of Centenaries, the centerpiece of which is 1916. In developing the Ireland 2016 programme, full regard has been taken of the requirement of the EAG that the programme should ‘encompass the different traditions on the island of Ireland and … enhance understanding of and respect for events of importance among the population as a whole’ and that it should also ‘foster deeper mutual understanding among people from different traditions on the island of Ireland.’

The All-Party Oireachtas Group on Commemorations has equal representation from all parties in the Oireachtas as well as independents. The group meets on a regular basis with a view to ensuring that commemorative events are conducted on a non-partisan, inclusive basis.

The Ireland 2016 programme, comprising thousands of events in Ireland and overseas, is the outcome of a lengthy period of consultation at institutional and local level, and the development of a multitude of partnerships and alliances. 

The programme spans the entire year but there is a particular focus on the events of Easter Week.

Ireland 2016 is the Irish Government’s programme to mark the centenary of the rebellion of Easter 1916, the event that is generally regarded as having led to Ireland’s independence some six years later.

The ambition of Ireland 2016 is that people everywhere, in Ireland and overseas, will discover more about 1916 and that period in our history, will participate in events that are being held all around the country and abroad, and will gain access to newly available online historical and cultural material about 1916, as well as material about the centenary programme. 

The overarching themes for the year are Remember, Reflect, Reimagine:

  • Remembering our history and in particular the events of 1916
  • Reflecting on our achievements as a Republic in the intervening century
  • Reimagining our future for coming generations

The Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations (EAG) was established by the Taoiseach in 2011 to advise the Government on historical matters relating to the Decade of Centenaries, the centerpiece of which is 1916. In developing the Ireland 2016 programme, full regard has been taken of the requirement of the EAG that the programme should ‘encompass the different traditions on the island of Ireland and … enhance understanding of and respect for events of importance among the population as a whole’ and that it should also ‘foster deeper mutual understanding among people from different traditions on the island of Ireland.’

The All-Party Oireachtas Group on Commemorations has equal representation from all parties in the Oireachtas as well as independents. The group meets on a regular basis with a view to ensuring that commemorative events are conducted on a non-partisan, inclusive basis.

The Ireland 2016 programme, comprising thousands of events in Ireland and overseas, is the outcome of a lengthy period of consultation at institutional and local level, and the development of a multitude of partnerships and alliances. 

The programme spans the entire year but there is a particular focus on the events of Easter Week.

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