Merrion Square at 2pm setting out to the GPO for 3pm
April 24, 2016
Join the parade* with Panti Bliss, Stephen Rea, Fionnuala Flanagan, Adrian Dunbar, Donal Lunny, Damien Dempsey, Don Baker, Frances Black, Laoise Kelly, Sibéal Ní Chasaide
People’s event celebrates 1916 Rising and urges all to work towards its vision of ‘a republic of equality and opportunity with nobody marginalised’
On Sunday, April 24th well-known actors, musicians and dancers with a wide range of community groups reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland join forces for the Reclaim 1916 parade, pageant and festival. The event opens in Merrion Square at 2pm and makes its way to the GPO where actor Adrian Dunbar hosts a festival of music, dance and readings. This event marks the Easter Rising and seeks a commitment towards realising its vision in modern Ireland.
Actor Stephen Rea and Fionnuala Flanagan, along with Panti Bliss and Stephen Murphy, will give readings. Musician Donal Lunny will play a piece he composed solely for the occasion. Singers include Don Baker, Frances Black and Damien Dempsey. Sibéal Ní Chasaide, who wowed viewers of RTE’s Centenary programme with her haunting rendition of Mise Éire, will also perform. Award-winning uilleann piper Tiarnain Ó Duinchinn, harpists Laoise Kelly and Michelle Mulcahy, and flautist Emer Mayock will join them. Champion Sean-Nós dancer Sibéal Davitt is sure to keep the crowd on their toes!
Parade participants, including representatives of Ireland’s new communities, will highlight the vision of the 1916 Proclamation for religious and civil liberties and equal rights for all. Travellers, residents of Direct Provision, disability and women’s groups and Clery’s workers will underline the work still needed to achieve this.
The Proclamation’s desire for ownership of Irish resources to be vested in the people will be endorsed by groups including Right to Water and Shell to Sea.
Organised by Reclaim the Vision of 1916, an independent, non-party political, non-profit making citizens’ initiative, the event aims to ensure the 1916 centenary is commemorated and celebrated in an appropriate and relevant manner.
RV1916 Chairman Robert Ballagh said: “We believe it is only right and proper, at this historic time, for the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who fought in 1916 to be marked with dignity and respect.”
Mr Ballagh stressed: “It would be a disservice to their memory if we failed to recognise why they did what they did in the first place. These people were not merely rebels, they were visionaries calling for revolution and a complete transformation of Irish society.
“The blueprint for that vision was set out in the Proclamation which declared a proper republic in which the common good would be the guiding principle of government. This republic guaranteed civil and religious liberties and equal rights and opportunities to all citizens, men and women alike. Sadly, however the vision of 1916 has never been fully realised and the Irish people have been forced to bear the consequences of political, social, economic and cultural failure.”
“Reclaim the Vision of 1916 will give all citizens the opportunity to gather on 24th April in celebration of that golden moment in our history and in so doing, create a platform for the republic that successive governments have failed to deliver. A republic of equality and opportunity with nobody marginalised, left behind or forgotten or forced through economic circumstance to flee the country of their birth.”
Interviews on the day and pre-records available on request.
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Reclaim the Vision of 1916 is a civil society group of artists, academics, trade unionists, community activists, journalists and other interested citizens who believe Ireland can be reinvigorated by the ideals of the signatories of the Proclamation. The festival on April 24 is our final commemorative initiative. See www.reclaim1916.ie or like us on Facebook.
*The organisers of the Reclaim the Vision of 1916 event accept no liability or responsibility for any loss, damage or injury howsoever arising to any persons attending the Reclaim the Vision of 1916 event on the 24th April, 2016 in Dublin City Centre and attendees attend at their own risk.