Cork County Council has published a book marking the Rebel County’s involvement in the 1916 year long commemoration programme.
Community groups from across Cork County are represented in the publication for their contribution to the County’s, Ireland 2016 programme.
Mayor of Cork County Cllr. Declan Hurley praised the publication that includes photographs and descriptions of the hundreds of events that took place right throughout the County.
“We have honoured those men and women of 1916 through creativity, through reflection, through ceremonies and most importantly, through community participation. This publication shines a light on the pride that the County of Cork has for its Irish heritage”.
Chief Executive of Cork County, Tim Lucey also credited the immense contribution from the communities of Cork County.
“From the on-set Cork County Council, through its executive and its 1916 Centenary Commemorative Committee, went about ensuring that the centenary year would be at the heart of every community”
Last year over 500 events took place at 70 locations across the county commemorating the fallen along with the ideals and values of the Irish people.
There was a strong educational element to the programme with almost thirty projects engaging the County’s youth.
A further 200 community groups organised numerous events and projects. There were 10 diaspora related events which celebrated our shared heritage, some home based and some that reached out to the Cork diaspora.
Projects also took place overseas with towns twinned with Cork County.
In East Cork the programme paid significant tribute to, two of the proclamation signatories, James Connolly and Thomas McDonagh. Both men paid considerable time here, along with Thomas Kent an organiser of the Irish Volunteers and leader of the Rising.
The programme began with a musical pageant on the life of James Connolly at Youghal Comhaltas which ran for six months. It ended on 31 October 2016 with two exhibitions in Cobh.
The first focused on the scuttling of the Aud a gun running ship which sank on the entrance to Cork Harbour and Cobh’s involvement in 1916.
The second exhibition covered the history of Irish dance.
The county also played host to two national events. The first of was held on 28 March 2016, when the City and County joined in honouring the occasion.
The second was the marking of the death of Thomas Kent on Monday 9 May 2016 in Collin’s Barracks.
The Chairman of Cork County Council’s 1916 Centenary Commemorative Committee Cllr. Frank O’Flynn added, “2016 is a year that we as Corkonians can be proud of. We have a tremendous love of our past in the County of Cork, and this will come to the fore yet again in the coming years as we commemorate the important role played by Cork and Corkonians in the War of Independence and Civil War”.
The publication, ‘1916-2016 Commemorating the Centenary in the County of Cork’, is available for purchase in a number of local outlets throughout the County and is also available to purchase online via www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage