The GAA announced last week that they are set to commemorate the centenary of 1916 with an event at Croke Park on the same day as the National Football League finals of 2016.
The celebratory event will take place on the same day as the Allianz Football League Division 1 and 2 finals on Sunday 24 April, 2016.
The date, the 24th of April 2016, will mark exactly 100 years since the beginning of the Rising.
It is anticipated that the event will take place between the two finals and will feature representatives from many a club, nationwide. The GAA are expected to place a large emphasis on the role that the organisation had in that historic period and since then, in shaping modern Ireland.
The event is being planned in conjunction with the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, run by the Government.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys had this to say at the launch:
“I am thrilled that the GAA is getting involved in the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Next year will be a huge opportunity for us to come together to reflect on our shared past and look to the future. As a grassroots community organisation, with its own place in history, the GAA is a very important part of that narrative.
“The GAA event, which will involve clubs from across the country, promises to mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising in an inclusive and exciting way and will complement the Government’s extensive programme of events.”
The GAA’s president, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl was also in an excited mood while speaking about the planned celebration.
“Next year will be a hugely significant one for Irish people everywhere and we are pleased to highlight the role that the GAA played in the emergence of modern Ireland.
“As the largest sporting organisation on the island, there is an obvious link in this period with the activities of the GAA and we look forward to next April’s event which will celebrate history and tradition while also looking to the future of modern Ireland.”
The GAA will be writing to every GAA club, enclosing a copy of the programme, and encouraging their participation in ‘Ireland 2016’.
More information on the events planned to commemorate 1916 can be found at www.ireland.ie
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Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena