Monday, December 14, 2015

New community funding will go to 2016 events in Meath

Regina Doherty, pictured with Cllr Alan Tobin and Tola Collier in Leinster House following a 2016 preparation meeting with the Department of Heritage, said that €3 million funding package will support the extensive programme of local events planned for 2016 to mark the Centenary of the Easter Rising.


Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty said that a new €3 million funding package will support community participation in the Ireland 2016 commemorations in Meath.

“This €3 million funding package will support the extensive programme of local events planned for 2016 to mark the Centenary of the Easter Rising.

“Over 2,000 events and initiatives have already been confirmed for next year as part of the Local Authority led County Plans for Ireland 2016, many here in Meath

“This funding package will enable local communities to deliver on their ambitious programmes and will also help to ensure the maximum level of participation and engagement, across all sectors of the community, in this once-in-a-century moment in Ireland’s history.

“The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is leading the preparations and is determined that local communities will be at the heart of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

“We certainly have plenty to look forward here in Meath with the first commemorative ceremony kicking off in Ashbourne on the 28th of March 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Rising with flag raising and reading of the Proclamation. This event will be part of a series of synchronised ceremonial events across key locations in the country where action took place in 1916.

“Today’s announcement recognises the important role our local communities and authorities will play in delivering these projects.

“After the economic progress of recent years we can look forward to the 2016 centenary with confidence. We cannot go back and it’s vital to keep the recovery going in 2016 and beyond.” 

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