8 August 2012: Launch of 'Asgard' exhibition in National Museum

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched the new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks entitled Asgard: The 1914 Howth Gun Running Vessel Conserved.   The iconic yacht Asgard was formerly owned by the British officer turned Irish nationalist and writer Erskine Childers, and his wife Molly. Asgard…

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8 July 2012: National Day of Commemoration

The annual National Day of Commemoration Ceremony, to honour all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars, or on service with the United Nations, was held at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks on Sunday, July 2012. The ceremony was open to the public   The ceremony, which has traditionally been held…

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7 July 2012: National War Memorial Garden Commemoration

Wreaths are laid each July in the National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge in memory of Irish losses in the Battle of the Somme and the Great War.   Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, laid a wreath on behalf of the Government at this year’s event. Wreaths were also laid by…

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7 August 2012: Launch of Bureau of Military History website

On 7 August 2012 Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched the Bureau of Military History website at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin. This project was undertaken by the Defence Forces Military Archives,in collaboration with the National Archives (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) and the Department of Defence. The project involved the…

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1 July 2012: Somme Commemoration, Thiepval

  Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, represented the Irish Government at the Ulster Tower memorial at Thiepval on Sunday 1 July 2012. A ceremony was conducted in the grounds of the Tower to mark the 96th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.   Minister…

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22-24 June 2012: Byrne Perry Summer School, Gorey

  Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD officially opened the eighteenth Byrne-Perry Summer School in Gorey, Co Wexford on 22 June 2012. The theme of the 2012 school was ‘A Decade of Commemorations’.     At the opening, Minister Deenihan spoke of the importance of inclusivity in commemorations, saying that ‘my goal…

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22 May 2012: Glasnevin lecture on foundation of the Labour Party

Former Tanaiste Dick Spring gave a lecture at the Glasnevin Museum in Dublin to mark the centenary of James Connolly’s motion, passed by the Irish Trades Union Congress in April 1912, to establish an Irish Labour Party. The motion which led to the foundation of the Labour Party was put forward by Connolly at the ITUC annual…

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16 May 2012: Annual 1916 commemoration ceremony, Arbour Hill

  President Michael D. Higgins, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter, TD, all attended the annual 1916 commemoration of the Easter Rising of 1916 at the Church of the Most Sacred Heart, Arbour Hill, Dublin, on Wednesday 16 May 2012. Solemn requiem mass was offered in…

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