Programme Events

January 2016:

18.01.2016: 1916 Rising - What Happened in Louth. Five week adult evening course. O'Fiach College, Dundalk. 7pm.

26.01.2016: Launch of Louth 1916/2016 Centenary Programme. Dundalk Branch Library. 7pm.


February 2016:

01.02.2016: Lecture on Éamonn Ceannt/Volunteer Activity in Drogheda. Governor's House, Millmount, Drogheda. 7.30pm

16.02. 2016: Launch of Óglaigh na hÉireann 1913-1918 The Irish Volunteers’ and ‘The Louth Volunteers 1914-1918, An Exhibition. Louth County Archives Service, Old Gaol, Ardee Road, Dundalk. 2pm

17.02.2016 - 29.03.2016: Óglaigh na hÉireann 1913-1918 - Irish Volunteers’ Exhibition. (on loan from The Military Archives) Louth County Archives Service, Old Gaol, Ardee Road, Dundalk

17.02.2016: The Old Dundalk Society Winter Lecture: Dublin Castle and Irish Sedition 1915-1916, Presented by Professor Eunan O’Halpin. County Museum Dundalk. 8.00pm.

24 Feb, 02 March, 09 March 2016: Writer in residence: Author Nicola Pierce, 1916 themed workshops for 5th and 6th class. Drogheda Branch Library. (Invited classes only)

25 Feb, 04 March, 11 March 2016: Writer in residence: Author Nicola Pierce.1916 themed workshops for 5th and 6th class Dundalk Branch Library. (Invited classes only)

Feb-April 2016: Post Primary Schools Poetry Competition. Dundalk, Drogheda, Ardee, Carlingford, Dunleer Branch Libraries


March 2016

03.03.2016: Seachtain na Gaeilge Oíche Ghaelach. Leabharlann Chontae Lú @6 a chlog. Amhráin, Rinceoirí, Ceol, Craic agus Taispeántas.

10.03.2016: Éirí Arís concert, celebrating music associated with the Easter Rising. (There will also be a screening of Mise Éire and other events on the day). Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music. Dundalk Institute of Technology.

11.03.2016: Sod-turning ceremony for Dundalk Peace Garden. Fair Green, Dundalk with Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Cllr. Peter Savage. 11am

12.03.2016: Louth Cumann na mBan 1916-24, A Lecture with Ailbhe Rogers. Dundalk Branch Library, 11am.

14.03.2016: Sod-turning ceremony for Drogheda Peace Garden. The Buttergate, Drogheda with Mayor Cllr. Paul Bell. 12 midday.

14.03.2016: Two Lectures on the O'Rahilly Family and the Plunkett Family. Heritage Centre Carlingford.7.30pm.

15.03.2016: 'Leaders of the 1916 Rising' an exhibition of charcoal drawings by Carol Wallace. Dundalk Library, running throughout March and April.

15.03.2016: Celebration of Proclamation Day. Primary, Post Primary and Higher Education institutions in Louth. Prize-giving awards in Dundalk & Drogheda Libraries for classes involved in 1916-themed creative writing workshops with author Nicola Pierce.

15.03.2016: Easter Rising 1916-2016 Remembrance, Exhibition Launch. The Drogheda Civic Trust Programme. Drogheda Branch Library. 6.30pm. (Exhibition to run until the end of June, with talks on Thursday evenings 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of April at 6.30 p.m.)

15.03.2016: The Annual 'Whitaker Lecture'. Journalist and author Eoghan Harris presents a personal perspective on the Easter Rising. Tholsel, West St., Drogheda. 8pm with Drogheda Civic Trust.

17.03.2016: 'A Century Past-Reeling Through the Years', Dundalk 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Parade entries are creatively incorporating the commemoration strands into their activities and will take spectators on an imaginative journey from 1916 to 2016. 1pm

24th-28th: Staging of commissioned play "Easter Service". An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk. 8pm

27.03.2016: Unveiling of Plaque at No. 33 Peter Street. Birthplace of the Thornton Family, four members of whom all participated in the Rising. 3pm with Drogheda Civic Trust.

27.03.2016: Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra performing a new suite of music on the theme of 1916. Tommy Leddy Theatre, Drogheda.

28.03.2016: An Imaginative Retelling of the 1916 Rising: With Dundalk Youth Centre and Mad Youth Theatre, Dundalk Courthouse at 12 noon.

March 2016: Re-enactments, live street events, music and dance. Various locations in Louth.

March-April 2016: Weekly flag raising ceremonies. Dundalk Courthouse and other key locations in Louth.

March-April 2016: Display of award winning entries in school competitions. Louth Libraries, Archives, Museum.

March-April 2016: Unveiling of plaques commemorating local participants in the Easter Rising. Dundalk, Drogheda, Ardee.


April 2016

01.04.2016: Launch of : Dundalk Museum is inviting students and anyone with an interest in Irish history to take a different look at the Easter Rising, through its interactive countdown resource, now available on Similar to a traditional Advent calendar, the website features numbered flaps, which, when clicked, reveal an image and story of significance to the evolution of Irish nationhood.

01.04.2016: 1916 Concert with Dunleer and District Historical Society. Featuring artists Eugene Ginty, Vintage, Members of Scoraíocht Lannléire, Fiona Geraghty & Eileen Murphy. St. Brigid's Church Dunleer. 7.30pm. Tickets available from Dunleer Library or Dunleer post office.

07.04.2016: Lecture on Louth and Meath in 1916. Drogheda Branch Library. 6.30pm with Drogheda Civic Trust.

14.04.2016: Lecture on The Great War, a Local Perspective. Drogheda Branch Library. 6.30pm with Drogheda Civic Trust.

17.04.2016 Re-enactment of the pension interview honouring the memory of Mr Patrick Denanny, detailing his involvement in the 1916 Rising with a short ceremony at the graveyard in the afternoon. Old Donore Cemetery. 2pm

21.04.2016: Lecture on Drogheda People in 1916. Drogheda Branch Library. 6.30pm with Drogheda Civic Trust.

22.04.2016: Presentation of Commemorative Medal to relatives of the Louth 1916 volunteers. An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk at 7pm.

22.04.2016: Launch of 'A Nation Rises' Art exhibition by Carol Quinn Wallace, Dundalk Museum at 7pm.

23.04.2016: Lecture on Major John MacBride and his participation in the Easter Rising and his subsequent execution. Drogheda Branch Library. 3pm, with author Anthony J. Jordan.

24.04.2016: Wreath laying ceremonies including a flag raising ceremony with the locally based defence forces. Starting from John Boyle O'Reilly Hall, Clanbrassil St., Dundalk at 10am and Bolton St. Car park, Drogheda at 3pm. Local Defence Forces will lead personnel from the Army, Fire, Gardaí, ONE and Civil Defence in a marching parade in both towns.

24.04.2016: Launch of the Joe Stanley 1916 Garden. The Buttergate, John St., Drogheda with Mayor Paul Bell at 12.30pm.

24.04.2016: The Sean O'Riada Mass, featuring the Drogheda Arts Collective. The Augustinian Church, Shop St., Drogheda at 1.15pm.

24.04.2016: Official Opening of the 1916 Exhibition. Millmount Museum, Drogheda at 5pm.

24.04.2016: Artists Arising, featuring the Drogheda Arts Collective. The Governor's House and The Tower Millmount, Drogheda at 6pm.

27.04.2016-01.05.2016: 'The Moonveagh Rising' a play by Togher Theatre Group. Dillonstown Hall, Togher. 8pm nightly (note, no show on Sat. April 30th) Tickets 10euro available at door. More info. at

28.04.2016: Lecture on Joe Stanley, the Republican Printer. Drogheda Branch Library. 6.30pm with Drogheda Civic Trust.


May 2016

12.05.2016: Opening of the Thomas Clarke Remembrance Garden. Fairgreen, Dundalk at 11am in conjunction with Dundalk Tidy Towns.

14.05.2016: Unveiling of centenary plaques in Clarke Train Station, Dundalk at 11am and MacBride Train Station, Drogheda at 2.00pm.

21.05.2016: Lecture on Thomas Clarke, by local historian Brendan Matthews. Drogheda Library @ 3pm.

24.05.2016-26.04.2016: 1916 themed talks for primary school children in association with Drogheda Civic Trust. Drogheda Library.


June 2016

12.06.2016: Centenary Street Feast Parties. 11 planned so far in Dundalk, Drogheda, Dromiskin and Dunany. See for more details.Street Feast is an Irish local community initiative and this year is part of the State’s 1916 / 2016 Centenary Celebrations.  Street Feast is a not-for-profit, all-for-fun, do-it-yourself celebration.  The initiative invites an individual, or a group of neighbours, or a club, to host a lunch on their street, in a local park or in their front gardens – inviting other neighbours to come along and join them.   It is hoped that in some small way, a Street Feast, this all-inclusive initiative, encouraging active participation, will bring communities together and reduce isolation.  Everyone is encouraged to bring something along.  In partnership with the Centenary Programme, we are calling on people nationwide to come together at 12.00 noon on Sunday, 12th June to enjoy a bite to eat with their neighbours for a simple and fun way of reconnecting with those that live near them.

June 2016: Leadership value training programme and community action project remembering 1916. Dundalk Youth Centre.


July 2016

July-August: Summer show focusing on stories surrounding 1916 through music, song, dance and storytelling. Oriel Centre, Dundalk


August 2016

22.08.2016: Official Opening of the Thomas D'Arcy McGee 5th Annual Summer School. D'Arcy McGee, 1916 and the Revolutionary Republican Tradition. Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford at 10am.

23.08.2016: The Trial of Pádraig Pearse, a courthouse drama. (Part of the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Summer School). Carlingford Courthouse, Newry St, at. 7.30pm


September 2016

17.09.2016: Family History Day with Eneclann and Find My Past. Dundalk Library, 10am-4pm

29.09.2016: Lecture on the Life of Dorothy Macardle. Dundalk Library, Roden Place. 6.30pm.

September: Lecture relating to the events of 1916 and its aftermath. An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk. 

September: Publication of a number of books relating to the events and people of County Louth, who took part in the Easter Rising, including a definitive publication of essays on Louth in the period 1914 - 1923.


October 2016

October: Lecture and exhibition on the life of Joseph Dolan. Louth County Archives.

October: Louth Schools 1916 Archives project. Louth County Archives Service.


November 2016

13.11.2016: From Gallipoli to the GPO... Drawing on the personal letters and diaries of both his paternal and maternal granduncles, Michael Holohan, composer creates an intimate musical portrait about the experiences and eyewitness accounts of Francis and Thoams Holohan, Seosamh de Brún and Henry Lomas during the First World War 1914-1918 and the Easter Rising, 1916. Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Drogheda @ 8.30pm. Admission: 15 euro.

18.11.16: From Gallipoli to the GPO... The Kevin Barry Recital Room, The National Concert Hall @ 8.30pm. Admission: 15 euro.