1916 Commemoration around the RoC

April 06, 2016


1916 Commemoration around the Ring of Cork…


Cobh Museum Exhibitions

Two exhibitions will be displayed in the museum; one conveying the Scuttling of the Aud and the Queenstown / Cobh involvement in 1916 and the other showcasing the history of Irish Dance.

Offical Opening of Cobh Museum’s 1916 themed Exhibition:

The Official Opening of an exhibition commemorating the scuttling of the Aud will take place on the centenary date of April 22nd 2016


Series of nightly public lectures at Cobh Library 18-22nd April 2016

Monday, 18th April at 8.00pm   Dr. Michael Martin, historian and creator of the Titanic Trail, speaks on the story of the arms ship Aud

Tuesday, 19th at 8.00pm  John Jefferies, local historian,  speaks on the story of James Connolly, John Dowling and the Cobh socialists

Wednesday, 20th at 8.00pm   Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, public representative, author and historian  on “When Cobh came out – the story of the Cobh Volunteers in the 1916 Rising

Friday, 22nd at 8.00pm  Anchor from the Aud: The Aud has remained submerged in Cork Harbour since its scuttling by Captain Karl Spindler on April 22nd 1916. One hundred years later and for the very first time, an anchor from the Aud will be put on display in Cobh. Interpretational signage will also accompany this display.

Saturday, 23rd April  Reenactment of Easter Saturday in Cobh

At 1.00pm at Tay Road, Ballywilliam (near the old council reservoir) – Re-enactment of the Cobh Volunteers 1916 mobilisation. Unveiling of a plaque at the site.

2.00pm – “Volunteers” begin a march to town centre led by a lone piper from the original Cork Volunteers Pipe Band (this is the band founded by Tomás MacCurtain in 1913).

3.00pm – Unveiling of 1916 monument at West Beach / Pearse Square junction

4.00pm – music and song in the square

Sunday, 24th April

3.00pm – Gathering at site of former RIC Barracks at West View for dedication of Memorial Garden

4.00pm – Reading of the 1916 Proclamation of Independence by Paul O’Sullivan, Cobh 1916 Committee,  outside the Courthouse / Cobh Library

4.15pm – Laying of a wreath at the James Connolly Plaque in Pearse Square (outside the Rob Roy)

Documentary Examines Link between Past and Present Cobh, 28/04/2016

A youth created documentary film entitled “Reflections on the 1916 Easter Rising and past connections to present day Cobh” will be officially screened on April 28th in Cobh

All times are approximate and liable to change slightly

Rostellan Development Association:


Work will commence on the creation of a “Thomas Kent Memorial Park” in Rostellan. The ceremonial opening of this park on April 10th will be followed by a community gathering featuring displays of Irish music and dance.

Centenary Information Board in Rostellan:

A Centenary themed information board describing the lives of the people executed after the Rising will be erected.



“Easter 1916 in Cork – Order, Counter-Order and Disorder”
Monday 18th April 2016 at 20:00
Ballincollig Rugby Club
Most of the action in relation to the 1916 Rising occurred in Dublin. What happened in Cork at this time? Did the Irish Volunteers in Cork contribute to the Easter Rising? What roles did Terence MacSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain play in Cork? Gerry White, co-author of Baptised in Blood, the story of the Cork Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, will answer these and other questions in a lecture on ‘Easter 1916 in Cork – Order, Counter-Order and Disorder’.


Ballincollig Twinning Association

22/04/16 to 24/04/16

A Twin Town Visit Ballincollig will receive a visit from the twinned towns of Mechterstadt in Germany and Saclay in France to join in the centenary commemoration of 1916. The weekend of the 22nd April is scheduled given the German connection with the Aud.



Irish Nature – 100 years on: A conference entitled “Creating a Vision 2016” will be held in Ballincollig to take a look at Irish Nature as it was in 1916 and to then cast the eye on what the future should hold for Irish nature.

Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven: 

22/04/16 to 24/04/16

A Weekend of Lectures: A number of lectures will take place in Camden Fort Meagher on the weekend commencing the 22th of April, the day on which, 100 years prior, the Aud was scuttled in Cork Harbour. Included amongst the talks will be a lecture on 1916 and WWI as well as a talk on the scuttling of the Aud itself, by Barry Keane.

Military reenactments of the Irish Revolutionary Period will take place in Camden Fort Meagher as part of a Commemorative Weekend.

Exhibitions on 1916 and World War I will be put on display in Camden Fort Meagher as part of a Commemorative Weekend.

Military Tattoo: Camden Fort Meagher has organised a 1916 Musical Gathering involving a Military Tattoo and performances of traditional music.


Friday 22nd
2 pm Official opening with the Boys National School singing The National Anthem
3.15pm – Seminar on ‘The Aud’ and its role in 1916 with Barry Keane
4.30pm – Seminar on 1916 and WW1 with Jerry Conroy and the British Legion

7.30pm – Live music Concert with Java Ladies Harmony Chorus Singing Group and Brandy Lane Orchestra

(evenings are tickets only, tickets available from Lynch’s Centra Crosshaven or ProMusica Oliver Plunkett Street €25)

Saturday 23rd
12pm – 5pm Regular public opening times and admissions fee at gate
Re enactors recreate events from 1916
Tom Burnell and the War dead database

7.30pm – Live music concert with Cara O’ Sullivan and Chamber Orchestra and Cork Prison Male Voice Choir.

(evenings are tickets only, tickets available from Lynch’s Centra Crosshaven or ProMusica Oliver Plunkett Street €30)

Sunday 24th
11am – Multi denominational service with Crosshaven singers and flag raising ceremony (open to public)
12 – 5pm – Regular Site opening hours and admissions fee at gate
2pm – Seminar on 1916 (Repeat of last Friday)
Afternoon until 4.30pm – Pipe Bands from Carrigaline, Tipperary and Waterford


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