2016 marked the centenary of one of Ireland’s most significant historical events, the 1916 Easter Rising. The Rising sparked the flame which led to the creation of an independent Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann in 1919, the War of Independence and subsequently the creation of an independent Irish State.
The creation of Fianna Fáil, as a national movement, was inspired by the Leaders of the Rising and founded on the ideals of the Proclamation. Many of the founding members of our Party played a central role in the fighting of Easter Week; Eamon de Valera being the last commander of the Irish Volunteers to cease fire in Boland’s Mills.
In order to honour those who fought in the Rising and to celebrate this event’s monumental impact on the Irish Nation, the Party has established a Commemoration Committee/Coiste 1916 chaired by Éamon Ó Cuív TD to commemorate the centenary. This Committee would like to invite you to submit your ideas as to how best the Party should commemorate the our history in the years running up to 2021 – celebrating 100 years of the Irish Free State.
The Committee is also seeking to collect a written history which our members may have of their relatives who fought in the 1916 Rising and War of Independence. It is intended that this history would be submitted to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as an important historical collection of this era.
If you have a suggestion you would like to make regarding commemoration plans or have details of relatives who partook in theses events, please submit these to the Committee on this page through the links provided or to Coiste 1916, Áras de Valera, 65/66 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.
The Committee is also asking all CDCs to establish their own Commemoration Committee in order to ensure that events are organised throughout the country to celebrate the significance of the years between 1916-1921.