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Commemoration Series Kick Off- Exhibit Ribbon Cutting- From L to R Consul General of Ireland Philip Grant, Chair of McClelland Library Norman McClelland, President of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation Paul Ahern. (Photo by Bob Rink)

Commemoration Series Kick Off- Exhibit Ribbon Cutting- From L to R Consul General of Ireland Philip Grant, Chair of McClelland Library Norman McClelland, President of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation Paul Ahern. (Photo by Bob Rink)

On Feb. 2, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library will be marking a mile stone in Irish freedom.

2016 marks one hundred years since the men and women of the 1916 Easter Rising risked and, for some, gave their lives for Irish freedom.

In 2016, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library are ensuring the occasion is marked accordingly. McClelland Library is located 1106 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

Throughout the spring season of 2016, the Library and Cultural Center are hosting events, lectures, group discussions, and an exhibition surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising.

All official 1916 commemoration activities are intended to increase public knowledge of the history, literature, and cultural context surrounding the activities of the men and women of the Easter Rising.

The series and brand new exhibit “Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy” are co-sponsored by Ireland’s 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Culture Ireland through the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco.

“This is a major event,” said Head Librarian Chas Moore. “The 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland is analogous to the Boston Tea Party and first shots fired at Lexington to spark the American Revolution.”

On Feb. 2, the Cultural Center and Library are hosting the second lecture of the year long 1916 Commemoration Series.

Nicholas Allen

Nicholas Allen

Dr. Nicholas Allen, Director of the Wilson Center and Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia, will focus his lecture on the cultural legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising in historical writings, literature, theatre, music, and nation building.

The University of Georgia describes Dr. Allen’s work as “located at the intersection between literature, history and visual culture.  His interests include the study of modernism, empire, and increasingly, writing about ocean and archipelago.”

The lecture will be held in the Great Hall of the Irish Cultural Center and starts at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend the lecture; however, the library kindly requests a donation in lieu of an admission charge.

1916 Commemoration Series Spring 2016 Events

  • January 2016- June 2016: Library Exhibit Open
  • Jan. 30,: 10:30 a.m. Book Discussion on W. B. Yeats, Selected poetry and Cathleen ni Houlihan (play)
  • Feb. 2: 7 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Nicholas Allen
  • Feb. 27: 10:30 a.m. Book Discussion on Sean O’Casey, The Plough and the Stars (play)
  • March 26: 9 a.m. Easter Rising Multi Media Presentation by Jim Daugherty
  • March 26: 10:30 a.m. Book Discussion on Liam O’Flaherty, The Informer (novel)
  • April 30: 10:30 a.m. Book Discussion on Frank O’Connor, “Guests of the Nation” (short story)

For more information on the 1916 Commemoration Series as a whole or any individual events, please visit azirishlibrary.org.

Editor's Note: Ms. Woodiel is Librarian/Public Services Coordinator for McClelland Library.

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