1916 Commemoration Series

One hundred years ago a small group of poets, teachers, and labor leaders took up arms the Monday after Easter in Dublin. Their six day siege of the now Irish capital captivated the world and inspired the fight for independence which would eventually establish the Irish Free State and Republic. In 2016, the Irish government and hundreds of institutions around the world will be part of a centenary remembrance of the Easter Rising of 1916.  The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library invite you to become a part of the Rising’s legacy.

As an official outpost of Ireland’s international 1916 commemoration, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library are presenting a full year of programming surrounding the commemoration of the Rising. Library and Cultural Center programming will examine the causes and aftermath of the Easter Rising through: nationally respected guest lectures examining the history and cultural legacy, book discussions encouraging close examination of the causes, a multi-media presentation, film series, and a world class exhibit providing a visual history of the Rising and its role in the development of modern Ireland.


Our exhibit commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising will focus on the cultural and historical legacy of the Rising in the development of modern Ireland. The exhibit will also include the many links between the 1916 Rising and Irish Independence with the actions and support of the Irish abroad in the United States. A sneak preview of the exhibit will be available for all attending our annual Anam Cara Gala on October 10, 2015. The exhibit is scheduled to open to the public on October 13, 2015 and will be in the library and available to the public through June of 2016.

Learn more about our exhibit and purchase tickets HERE.

Guest Lecturers

Two guest lecturers will be visiting the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

October 21, 2015- 7pm: 

Dr. Robert K. O’Neill will deliver the first lecture on the causes and events surrounding the Easter Rising of 1916.  His lecture will frame the historical context of the Rising and address the issues and questions posed by the project.

February 2nd, 2016- 7pm:

Dr. Nicholas Allen’s lecture in the Spring of 2016 will focus on the cultural impact and legacy of the Easter Rising in literature, theatre, music, and nation building.  This will include the pertinent works of famous Irish authors such as Yeats, O’Flaherty, O’Casey and others, and will offer some historical perspective on the Rising after 100 years.

Book Discussions

This year, as a part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration, the Book Discussion Group will be focusing on the decade starting with the 1913 Dublin Strike and Lockout through the 1916 Easter Rising to the close of the Civil War in 1923. This year’s selections include novels, plays, and poetry. Of the seven writers that will be discussed, four participated in the events; the other three were young during the formative years of the Irish Republic. In other words, there are significant connections between the historical events and the writers selected.  For more information on the selections and the Book Discussion Group, please check out the Book Discussion Group page.

Multi Media Presentation

March 26, 2016:

Every Year, the Irish Cultural Center hosts the “1916 Easter Rebellion Commemoration” presented by Jim Daugherty.  Jim’s multimedia presentation features live music, historical perspectives, and reflections on the causes and outcomes of the 1916 Easter Rising.

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