Highlights of the Bradford Irish Comoradh held at Bradford City Hall April 22nd 2016, attended by the Irish Ambassador to the UK, Dan Mulhall along with his wife Greta and guest speaker Dr Brian Hanley (Professional Historian.)
Commemorating the 1916 Proclamation of The Irish Republic [Éire]
“In Dublin Town in 1916 a flame of freedom did arise,
A group of men with determination caught an empire by surprise”
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The Signatories of The Proclamation
A number of events are in planning to mark the point 100 years ago when The Irish Republic was proclaimed “in the face of the world”.
Events including Lectures, Workshops, Music, Dance, Song and Poetry Further details to come !
PLANNED EVENTS !
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1. Friday evening, April 22nd, will see A Civic Reception hosted by Bradford’s Lord Mayor for the Irish Ambassador, Dan Mulhall and his party with invited guests from Bradford’s Irish community and representatives from other communities. The reception will take place circa 5pm in City Hall.
2. Later, a public lecture entitled “In Face of the World” – a direct quote from the Proclamation, will be given by Dr Brian Hanley of UCD. The event will take place in the Bradford City Council Chamber and will be chaired by Professor Paul Rogers of University of Bradford Peace Studies. Again, this will be before an invited audience and will take place circa 6.30pm.
3. On Saturday afternoon an Irish Language Fun Workshop will be conducted at the Great Victoria Hotel by four tutors. This will be open to anyone albeit places are limited and so first come…..
4. An “Irish Evening of Entertainment’” will take place in the Corniche Room at the Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford on Saturday evening from 7.00pm for 8pm. This will comprise performances by traditional musicians, singers and additionally by poets and storytellers. There will be a bar serving drinks, tea and coffee.
5. For those who might wish to reserve accommodation, the Great Victoria Hotel is offering a discounted fee.
6. Formal invitations will be going out soon with a request for a speedy RSVP in order to manage numbers.
This weekend sees the actual centenary of the Rising in 1916 and as Irish people we are seeking to commemorate that event in the hope that our efforts will reflect not alone our own cultural heritage but also the societal vision and aspiration contained in the Proclamation of the Republic read by Padraig Pearse from the steps of the GPO in Dublin on Easter Monday 1916.