2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising. Irish men and women around the world are participating in Centenary Events that mark this pivotal period in Ireland's history. We will be kicking off our celebrations with a series of events in late April that will continue throughout the year. Please save these dates.
Friday, April 22nd, 7:00 PM
Lecture/Video at Maine Irish Heritage Center
Professor Michael Connolly will present a lecture titled "Irish Labor and the Easter 1916 Rebellion and Its' Aftermath." Connolly, who teaches at Saint Joseph's College, will cover the Irish Labour Party and the collaboration between James Connolly and Jim Larkin. Of particular interest will be the Dublin Lockout of 1913 and the formation of the Irish Citizen Army, with a particular focus on James Connolly's role in the Rising. He will also talk about the role of labour in the 1917 Anti-Conscription movement and the fate of the Irish Trade Union Congress in the aftermath of 1916. A brief Q&A will follow and then we will view an episode of the documentary series "1916 Seachtar Na Casca" that focuses on one of the major figures of the Easter Uprising, James Connolly.
Saturday, April 23rd, 4:00 PM
Fibin presents "Pearse in Pictures" at MIHC
Written and performed by journalist Harry McGee, and his brother Dara McGee, who performs the live art throughout the show, "Pearse in Pictures" is a striking re-imagining of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. The insurrection, led by a small group of idealists, resulted in a heavy defeat with all leaders executed. However, it was the spark that lit the bonfire that culminated in an independent Ireland. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end. Fibin is a theater group from Inverin County Galway Ireland that was formed in 2003 and has performed over 30 productions mostly in Ireland. With support from Culture Ireland.
Sunday, April 24th, 11:30 AM
Reading of the Proclamation on the steps of Portland City Hall
The proclamation of the Republic (Forogra na Poblachta) also known as the 1916 Proclamation or Easter Proclamation, was a document issued by the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army. The reading of the Proclamation signaled the start of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to Irish independence in 1922. April 24th marks the 100th Anniversary of those events. Two local Irish Americans will read the Proclamation at noon at City Hall, in English and in Irish. Fran Seeley, whose father Patrick McDowell was a member of the Irish Volunteers and fought in the Rising, will recite in English. Brendan McVeigh, former president of the Irish-American Club of Maine and facilitator of the Irish language class, will proclaim it in Irish. The Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band will perform.
Sunday, April 24th, 2:00 PM
Stories From the Easter Rising at MIHC
Please join us as we pay our respect to the signatories of the Proclamation along with other key figures in the Easter Uprising. Hear about Countess Markievicz and Sir Roger Casement, pivotal figures in the struggle for Irish freedom. Using music, poetry, and images, we will honor their legacies.
EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER (EXCEPT FOR THE READING OF THE PROCLAMATION, AS NOTED).