On November 26th 2015 An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Councillor Barry Saul officially launched the DLR 1916-2016 programme to a packed County Hall. Over 50 events are planned to celebrate the association between the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area and the 1916 Rising. Councillor Saul commented:- ‘According to research over 170 people from this area took part in the Rising. This is not an insignificant figure. Some participants are notable, such as Major John McBride and Sir Roger Casement; others are less well known but no less important. So we are commemorating the Rising in a meaningful way. ‘ The Cathaoirleach urged people to attend as many of the local and national events as possible.
Deansgrange Cemetery is a particular focal point for these commemorations as it is the resting place of over 120 people who fought in the Rising. According to DLR 1916-2016 Co-ordinator Tim Carey, the cemetery is one of the most important sites related to Easter 1916 in the Country. To mark this, a piece of sculpture has been especially commissioned by Thomas Glendon which will be unveiled in June.
Guest speaker, historian Padraig Yeates, told the audience that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is fortunate enough to have within its area the National Maritime Museum, the Archive and Research Centre of the Genealogical Society where people can trace their ancestors, as well as the Life and Lore Oral History Collection. As part of the programme of events, there will be tours of Deansgrange Cemetery, Milltown & Dundrum, as well as Cabinteely House – home to Joe McGrath - one of the most important, if controversial, founders of the modern Irish State. Commemoration events are also planned for the dlr LexIcon, the Pavilion Theatre, Marlay House and numerous other venues, ensuring every area of County will be catered for.