The programme will have over 200 political, economic and cultural events talking place across the USA where the Irish Embassy in Washington and Irish Consulates in New York, Boston, Chicago, Austin, Atlanta and San Francisco will play leading roles.
Over 200 commemorative events will take place across the United States in the course of the year, including over 70 events in New York. The centrepiece will be a three week Irish Arts Festival taking place at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC from 16 May to 5 June which will celebrate a century of Irish arts and culture.
Other events taking place across the US include:
- Nationwide: Tour of ‘The Plough & the Stars’ (Abbey Theatre)
- Newport Beach, California: Irish spotlight at the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival
- Minnesota, Chicago: The Irish Fair of Minnesota will sponsor an Irish Arts Week centred on the Easter Rising
- Notre Dame, Indiana: Gala premiere of ‘The Irish Rebellion’ film produced by the University of Notre Dame
- Boston, Massachusetts: ‘A Terrible Beauty is Born’ conference hosted by Boston College
- New York: Landmark conference in April at Glucksman Ireland House and a pioneering exhibition at the American Irish Historical Society
- Waco, Texas: Writer Sebastian Barry and historian Prof. Roy Foster will participate in an Easter Rising Centenary Symposium at Baylor University
More details of the US programme are available here: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/usa/our-role/commemorations-in-the-us/ireland-2016-usa/
Details of the full Ireland 2016: Global and Diaspora Programme (which continues to be updated) are available on www.ireland.ie or www.dfa.ie
Watch the Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme video here:
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, launched the programme of events taking place across the USA to commemorate the 1916 Rising and the programme for the Greater New York Region.
Speaking from New York, Minister Flanagan stated:
“A consistent feature of the century since the 1916 Rising is the importance of the relationship between Ireland and the United States. It is significant that America is the only foreign country expressly referenced in the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, which itself has echoes of the American Declaration of Independence. Five of the seven signatories to the Proclamation spent periods of time here that deeply influenced their thinking and actions. It is therefore fitting that a rich programme of events commemorating the Rising will take place this year, right across the United States.”
“The United States is home to the greatest concentration of our Diaspora and the ties are of extraordinary depth and breadth. I know the USA 2016 Programme is going to resonate with Ireland’s diaspora and friends right across the United States – that is evident already from the enthusiasm shown about today’s launches and in the hugely positive reaction from community, cultural, academic and business groups in putting these ambitious programmes together.