Community Participation

Citizen Engagement

Encouraging widespread citizen engagement in 1916 related events, involving the broadest possible community and voluntary sector participation in towns and villages throughout the country.

Project Location Date
Launch of dedicated website to promote the Co. Wexford 1916 centenary commemorative programme with links to the National 2016 website. October 2015
Co. Wexford Personalities of the 1916 Rising – A booklet by Bernard Browne. Co. Wexford 4th Quarter, 2015
Unveiling of 1916 commemorative flags, banners, and bunting throughout Co. Wexford. Co. Wexford 1st Quarter, 2016
Range of locally held 1916 commemorative events throughout Co. Wexford co-ordinated through the Borough and Municipal Districts. Co. Wexford 1st Quarter, 2016
Letters of 1916 collection day drop-in event including an introduction to the “Letters of 1916” digital humanities project by Neale Rooney. Bunclody Library Saturday, 30 January 2016, 2.30pm
During the month of February Jarlath Glynn will host a series of five programmes about 1916 in County Wexford commencing on February 1st. South East Radio, 96.5-96.4 FM February 2016, every Monday 8:30pm
‘The 1916 Rising: A seminal moment in Irish & world history’ – An illustrated lecture by Hugh McShane. Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Thursday, 3 March 2016, 7:00pm
Researching the Rising – A workshop on sources by Celestine Murphy. Enniscorthy, New Ross & Gorey Libraries respectively. 3, 8 & 10 March 2016, 7:00pm
‘The Art of Sean Keating’ – An art history talk with Elaine Hoystead, exploring Irish art in the revolutionary period with a particular focus on Sean Keating. Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Saturday, 19 March 2016, 2:30pm
Open day and public viewing of the newly refurbished Athenaeum. The Athenaeum, Castle St., Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Saturday, 26 March 2016
The Promenade Festival – There will be music and stalls on the Prom on Easter Monday to coincide with the 1916 commemorations. The Promenade, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Easter Monday, 28 March, 10:00am – 7:00pm
The Backroads to the Rising – A community walk project devised by artists Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune. Through community involvement, walkers and cyclists will travel on four different routes – north, south, east and west – to converge in Enniscorthy for Centenary Celebrations on Easter Monday.


Four routes will lead into Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Route 1: Gorey & Ferns
Route 2: Bunclody & Ballindaggin
Route 3: Kilmuckridge, Blackwater & Oulart
Route 4: Raheen & Adamstown

Easter Monday, 28 March 2016
Researching the Rising – A series of workshops across County Wexford for teachers, local history enthusiasts and second level students to learn more about research and information sources on the 1916 Rising locally and nationally. Wexford County Libraries, Co. Wexford.

Check with your local library for dates and times.

March 2016
Unveiling of a series of 1916 commemorative plaques throughout Co. Wexford. Co. Wexford March 2016
1916 Stories – Events artist Michael Fortune has been commissioned to produce a new body of short films based on the personal and un-documented histories and stories of the 1916 Rising in Wexford. Many of these stories have been lost in the midst of time or only known by immediate relatives, however Michael is charged with the task of animating and bringing this new material to life for the 2016 Commemoration.

The completed films will form part of the Co. Wexford 1916

The Athenaeum, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

More information available at

March 2016
Talk on the Battle of the Somme with Neale Rooney. Another centenary this year, the battle claimed the lives of 3,500 Irish soldiers. Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Thursday, 25 August 2016, 7:00pm
A Night on the Hill – A commissioned play depicting life in Enniscorthy in 1916 by local playright Paul O’Reilly . The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. TBC