Events in Australia and New Zealand commemoration Dublin 1916

There are a range of events planned in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the events of Easter 1916.

Many events are being supported by the Irish Embassy.


 January 2016

Celtic Club, Melbourne. Competition to ‘create a proclamation for an Australian Republic” Closes 26th January 2016.

February 2016

14th February 2016: Brigidfest “Women of 1916: A personal story” presented by Maeve O’Leary. For more details see Brigidfest and Facebook and Twitter

20th February 2016
‘Exile’ tells the story of the Australian-Irish in song, imagery, poetry and spoken word, presented in concert. Exile brings together an exclusive gathering of outstanding artists, from Ireland and Australia, in a scripted performance.  Hamer Hall, Melbourne.

Artistic Director: Shane Howard

Feature artists: Paul Kelly, Stephen Pigram, Declan O’Rourke, Leah Flanagan, Sean Tyrrell, Steve Cooney, Lynelle Moran, Ewen Baker, Pauline Scanlon, John Spillane and more.

Some of the artists bring newly created songs/tunes and story, while others bring particular skills to the rendering of carefully chosen historical songs. These songs/tunes have been gathered from a lifetime of touring Australia and Ireland while others have been collected in collaboration with the artists and co-musical Director, Ewen Baker. The songs/tunes follow a timeline that encapsulates seminal moments in Australian/Irish history. Exile will be presented as a condensed cultural history of the Irish in Australia, with an emphasis on authenticity.

Saturday 27th February 2016.

The PLOUGH and the STARS

2.30pm and 7.30pm,  a rehearsed reading of Sean O’Casey’s  tragicomedy about the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars, directed by  Wayne Pearn (under licence, Samuel French)

March 2016

19th March

Celtic Club, Queens St. Melbourne

2pm A reflection by a panel on the Rebellion and its significance then and now

Panel members include Dr. Val Noone (chair), Frank O’Shea, Rod Quantock, Di Hall, Frances Devlin- Glass
The afternoon will also include a display at the Club of films, photos, artefacts, memorabilia, art, writings and music associated with the Rebellion and a presentation of the documentary
film “Mise Eire”
Guest speaker for the Dinner
Tom Keneally the Booker Prize winning novelist plus the presentation and r eading of the winning Proclamation for an Australian Republic.

Bookings and information to come. See

28 March – 24 April Auckland Irish Society 1916 Commemoration

A program of events including

– Commemoration ceremony outside the Auckland GPO nearby the birthplace of the Auckland Irish Society in 1912.

– Series of 3 lectures by Professor Malcolm Campbell at Auckland University (Pre and post Rising and the Civil War that followed)

– Debate by notable personalities on the topic “What if a different path had been chosen”

– Showcase and celebration of Irish Culture to be held at Auckland Girls Grammar Auditorium; Music, Songs, Readings, Poems and Recitations from the Rising

– Display of Memorabilia linking New Zealand to the Rising; Documents, Family Histories, Artefacts – curated by the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

17 March- 31 July 
Exhibition at the State Library, opening on St. Patrick’s Day. State Library Victoria will host a new exhibition about the tumultuous days of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, a pivotal moment in the Irish struggle for independence from Great Britain.

Presented in partnership with the University of Melbourne, the display includes:

• A rare copy of the Irish War News, the newspaper containing Pádraig Pearse’s first communiqué from the GPO.
• A 1917 reprint of the proclamation of Irish independence, the only known one in Australia.
• A first edition of WB Yeats influential poem ‘Easter 1916’.
• Footage of the 1920 St. Patrick’s Day Parade where 100,000 Australians demonstrated their support for Irish independence.
• A portrait of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, the leader of the Catholic community in Melbourne who played a significant role in the defeat of Australia’s 1916 and 1917 conscription plebiscites

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April 2016

7-8 April 2016 at University of Melbourne.

1916 Rising Australasian Perspectives.

Conference at the University of Melbourne.


November 2016

29November to 2nd December

Australasian Irish Studies Conference, Adelaide.

Conference details.



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