1916 consultation meeting a success

Pictured at the consultation meeting for Longford's series of events for Ireland 2016 were are, back row L-R: Cllr John Duffy, Medbh Killilea, Cathaoirleach Cllr Mark Casey, Donal mac an Bheatha, and Martin Morris. Front row: Sinead Copeland, Fr Tom Murray, John Concannon, Mary Reynolds, Eamonn Brennan, and Mairead ni Chonghaile. Photo: Tommy Reynolds
The first public consultation meeting held to kick-start planning for Longford’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising centenary next year was a success, according to County Librarian, Mary Carleton Reynolds, who is County Co-ordinator for Ireland 2016.

The first public consultation meeting held to kick-start planning for Longford’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising centenary next year was a success, according to County Librarian, Mary Carleton Reynolds, who is County Co-ordinator for Ireland 2016.

“We were delighted with the turnout and the enthusiasm and the many exciting ideas put forward for the centenary,” she told the Longford Leader. “There was very good representation from across the county.”

The meeting at Backstage Theatre on Tuesday, April 21, was attended by community groups from all parts of the county, and featured a presentation by John Concannon, Director of Ireland 2016, who provided an overview of the national programme.

Among the ideas put forward for consideration at the meeting were a large-scale public event, an exhibition, drama and re-enactments, shool projects focusing on the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and cultural events including literature and music focusing on the theme of 1916.

“The next step is to assess them and to encourage groups and individuals to take ownership of them and make them happen,” Ms Carleton Reynolds explained. “We need all ideas for projects to be in by May 8 if they are to be considered.”

Proposals can be submitted to mreynolds@longfordcoco.ie or 043 3341124.