Limerick centenary events to mark connections to 1916

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

Limerick martyrs of 1916: Ned Daly, Tom Clarke, whose wife was from Limerick,   and Con Colbert, who were executed for their part in the Easter Rising 1916. Picture: Limerick Museum and Archives
LIMERICK is preparing the honour its men who died in 1916 through a series of some 30 events next year as part of the centenary commemorations.

LIMERICK is preparing the honour its men who died in 1916 through a series of some 30 events next year as part of the centenary commemorations.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny was joined by An Tánaiste, Joan Burton and the Minister for Environment Alan Kelly for the launch of 31 local and community plans, which include over 1,800 events and initiatives across the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The Limerick Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is the outcome of consultations with interested local groups, organisations and individuals, who were invited to participate in the planning and implementation of the local programme.

Led by Limerick County Council and under the guidance of the local 1916 co-ordinator, the programmes contain events and initiatives ranging across all seven strands of the Ireland 2016 programme.

Limerick has many important links with the 1916 Rising. Two of the sixteen leaders executed after the Rising were Limerick men, namely Con Colbert and Edward Daly.

Eamonn De Valera, raised in Bruree, also played a significant role and was a leader in ‘Bolands Mill’.

Kathleen Clarke (nee Daly), who was born in Limerick in 1878 and married to Tom Clarke, was a founding member of Cumann na mBan and she set up the Prisoners’ Dependants Fund immediately after the Rising. Edward (Ned) Daly was also her brother.

In honour of those who died and the significance of the Rising, there are proposals for a number of memorial gardens in Limerick to serve as a permanent legacy of 1916. There are also tree-planting ceremonies planned throughout the county.

Limerick Genealogy will also research and publish family histories of Con Colbert and Edward Daly while Donal Sheehan will be remembered in a series of events in Newcastle West.

There will be a re-enactment of the march by 300 Volunteers to Glenquin Castle near Newcastle West on Easter Sunday 1916.

A project, Limerick: A Musical Auto-Ethnography, will look at music here in the 100 years since 1916 and Anglesboro Drama Group will produce a play, 1916: How Did We Get Here.

There will be an exhibition in Friarsgate Theatre, Kilmallock, of tapestries based on the theme of 1916 while Limerick Printmakers will run a 1916 project with community groups. The Limerick Writers Centre will produce an Anthology of Reactions to 1916 while ‘Children of the Revolution’ is an inter-county traditional music and song research project.

An interesting street project entitled Reimagining Travel will celebrate the mode of transport used in 1916, namely, cargo bikes.

There will be a historic graveyard project creating links to those who fought in 1916 from the Ballyhoura area while an oral history project will be run in West Limerick recording stories of those with 1916 connections.

The Limerick Spring, a festival of politics will focus on the 1916 Proclamation while EVA 2016 will reflect on the Rising.

The Library Service in Limerick will open a new Local Studies Department at the Granary in 2016. To launch this, a series of public lectures on 1916 will be held including speakers Dr Diarmaid Ferriter, Dr John O’Callaghan and Sinéad McCoole.

The Limerick Museum will be re-launched in the Franciscan Friary on Henry Street and host a major exhibition on Life in Limerick in 1916.

The tri-colour seized from the Limerick Volunteers in 1916 and currently held at the British Royal Museum will be returned and put on display.

The University of Limerick will hold a special concert in May 2016.