We had a number of great events to mark the Centenary of the 1916 Rising.
To start our celebrations off we held an exhibition of old photographs and memorabilia from 1916. Everyone really enjoyed looking around it. The exhibition stayed in place for the remainder of the celebrations. There was a coffee afternoon during which some residents read about various women that took park in The Rising. We discovered that our very own Doirin McCaffrey from 2nd floor was related to Chris Caffrey who was in the Irish Citizen Army and fought in The Royal College of Surgeons during the rising. Doirin proudly read us her story.
Another evening we took a virtual tour of the various sites that the rising took place in. It also included quotations from the famous leaders and witnesses to the Rising. We found this very informative and learned loads from it.
Doirin McCaffrey proudly helped raise our National Flag outside while the band played our National Anthem. Everyone sang along to this with great pride. This was followed by a great afternoon with toe tapping traditional music and lots of singing.
We also had a fantastic band that told us the story of 1916 through verse and song. One of their members dressed up in a uniform of the time which was lovely to see. That band was one of the highlights of the celebrations and everybody was talking about it for days afterwards.