The Centenaries Programme
In 2016 the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elisha McCallion will host a series of initiatives marking the centenaries of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. Council has also funded a number of external organisations to deliver a series of events to commemorate these significant anniversaries.
Mayor’s Centenary Events Programme
ATHBHEOCHAN NA GAEILGE AGUS ÉIRÍ AMACH NA CÁSCA’
Feb 2016, Tower Museum
From 1st – 5th February 2016, The Tower Museum hosted a special ni-lingual exhibition - ‘The Irish Language Revival and the Easter Rising”
The exhibition, which was developed by Conradh na Gaeilge and details the history of the Irish language from its decline following the devastating impact of the Great Famine to its subsequent revival in the late 19th century and charts in detail the events leading up to the Easter Rising, exploring the stories of some of the key figures associated with 1916, both male and female.
RITH RUN, STRABANE
Friday 11th March, Strabane Town from 1.30pm
(with after party celebrations in Derry City and Strabane District Council offices, Derry Road from 2.30pm)
Rith 2016 is a national 700km relay race run that will incorporate a leg in Strabane on 11th March as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week). Join the race or just the party afterwards! For more information visit www.rith.ie.
MAYORS FAMILY FREE ACTIVITY PROGRAMME
30th March – 1st April, Derry City and Strabane District
As part of the programme to mark the 100th Anniversaries of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elisha McCallion has arranged for a programme of free activities for families and young people.
- Family Fit Activity Camps
This programme is open to children aged 7-16 years old and includes a range of activities e.g. soccer, judo, climbing, gaelic football, tag rugby etc… See times and dates below.
- Wednesday 30th March, 10 am – 1 pm, Foyle Arena
- Thursday 31st March, 10 am – 1 pm, Templemore Sports Complex
- Friday 1st April, 10 am – 1 pm, Melvin Sports Complex
The Free Swim Programme is open to adults and children of all ages and each session lasts 45 minutes. See times and dates below.
- Wednesday 30th March, 2pm-5pm, Foyle Arena
- Thursday 31st March, 2pm-5pm, Templemore Sports Complex
- Friday 1st April, 2pm-5pm, Riversdale Leisure Centre
Advance booking essential for Activity Camps and Free Swim. To register visit https://goo.gl/Kn5vGi Please note: Registration will be online only.
No registration at centres. Usual terms and conditions apply.
The Tower Museum, Derry will be openings its doors for free. Learn more about the history of the region and our rich historical, political. Industrial and maritime history.
Mayors Civic Dinner
19th April 2016, Guildhall
CENTENARY EVENTS IN THE CITY & DISTRICT
Easter Rising Commemoration
12th May 2016, Guildhall Square
This open air pageant is organised by the Gasyard Wall Féile with support from Derry City and Strabane District Council. Entitled 'Dawning of the Day', it will include a reading of the proclamation, a re-enactment of aspects of the battle and the surrender of the rebels, their trials and executions and will look at the legacy and lessons of the Easter Rising.
Battle of the Somme
1st July 2016, St Columb’s Cathedral
9th/10th September, St Columb’s Park
The Royal British Legion Waterside Branch, with support from Derry City and Strabane District Council, will host commemoration and remembrance events to market the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The first event on 1st July includes a parade, a drumhead service, the launch of a WW1 memorial in the grounds of St Columb’s Cathedral and an evening BBQ with music and dress from the period.
On 9th & 10th September, there will be a community and family commemoration comprising a community festival in St Columb’s Park