The Minister for Arts, Heritage and An Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, has announced that he and his department would like to make contact with relatives of veterans of the Easter Rising of 1916, in anticipation of the centenary of the Rising in 1916. Minister Deenihan stated that he would like to see as many of the descendents and relatives of 1916 personnel participate in commemorative events as was possible, and went on to observe that ‘throughout the development of the centenary programme, in all of the consultation meetings on different issues, I have been impressed with the interest and commitment of the family members and their wish to be closely involved in the upcoming commemorations. I believe that our acknowledgement of the service, sacrifice and achievement of the truly remarkable men and women involved in the Easter Rising, should include a special consideration and their descendants and relatives should be involved. Our ongoing preparations would be greatly assisted if relatives who are interested in being represented in the Centenary arrangements could contact the Department. I would be grateful to receive all such expressions of interest in relation to the commemorations in 2016 from families along with information on their familial connection to the Rising’.
Families and relatives are invited to make contact in writing to:
Commemorations Unit ,
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,
Kildare Street ,
Or by e-mail to: [email protected]