Birmingham’s centenary remembrance of 1916 Easter Rising planned

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As Ireland gets ready to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising Birmingham’s Irish community is also planning to mark the event with its own theatrical production.

Birmingham Irish Association is joining forces with the Birmingham Irish Heritage group and the West Midlands Irish Support Partnership to stage a performance commemorating the 100th anniversary of the historic event.

The Cásca’16 production will use song, dance and drama to tell the story of a landmark event in Irish history.

With the arrival of 2016, Birmingham Irish Association is now appealing for talented volunteers to come forward to take part in the theatrical celebration.

Melissa Roche from Birmingham Irish Association said: “If you can sing, dance, act or sew, we want to hear from you.

“Auditions will take place in early January for the cast.”

Anyone who would like further details, or who is interested in taking part should contact

Melissa Roche on 0121 6046111 or email her at Melissa@birminghamirish.org.uk.

The night’s events are set to be broadcast on television and other media streams to mark 100 years since the seminal event which triggered a process leading to the creation of the Irish Republic.

Some time back Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced a year long programme of events to mark the anniversary of 1916.

Amidst the chaos of the First World War, 1916 saw a small uprising by republicans in Dublin take hold of the country.

The 1916 Easter Rising set off a series of events – the War of Independence, the Irish Civil War and the Partition of Ireland – that ultimately lead to establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922.

The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is led by Heather Humphreys, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

It calls on the people of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora around the world to remember those that fought for independence and to reflect on the legacy of the last 100 years.

The programme includes seven strands: State Ceremonial, Historical Reflection, An Teanga Bheo/The Living Language, Youth and Imagination, Cultural Expression, Community Participation, Global and Diaspora.

Mr Kenny said: “There are some moments in history when a seed is sown and the old order changes forever.

“Easter 1916 was a moment when Irish nationalism joined forces with a revolutionary cultural and language movement to forge an irresistible campaign towards self-determination.

“It is important that the Irish people have the opportunity to come together to celebrate and have pride in Ireland’s independence and to honour those who gave their lives so that the dream of self-determination could become a reality.”