Longford town and county is currently gearing itself for the commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising and organisers of the local commemorations are seeking memorabilia from the relatives of Longford people who fought in the Rising.
A steering committee has been formed under the auspices of Longford County Council and chaired by the Cathaoirleach.
Over the coming months,the committee will oversee the planning of a calendar of events for 2016 and proceedings are expected to kick off on Saturday, April 23 next.
“We see the centenary as an opportunity to remember a very important moment in our
history and to encourage community participation in a range of events and activities,” said
Mary Carleton Reynolds, County Librarian, who is the County Longford Co-ordinator of the commemoration.
“One of our priorities is to highlight those Longford people who fought in the Rising and we are asking relatives to come forward with any information they have, including memorabilia.
“We hope that many local communities will get involved in organising local events and we will give them whatever support we can.”
The centenary will include events for schools and an emphasis on the cultural dimension of the Rising.
Many of those involved in 1916 were active in the literary and cultural movements of the time and the steering committee intends to bring out those elements in its commemorative programme of events.
If you have information on any Longford participant in the Rising, or would like to get involved in organising an event please telephone Longford Library on 043-3341124 and speak to Mary or Martin Morris. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.