A Celebration of the Irish Republic, Irish Language and the Irish Canadian Identity
2016 marks the 100th year since the declaration of an Irish Republic in 1916. The Uprising, of which the Declaration was a part, had enormous implications in Ireland, Canada, and worldwide. In Canada, it made public an Irish Canadian identity which supported political independence for the ancestral homeland; the Self Determination for Ireland League of Canada boasted a membership of 300,000. It also represented the high-water mark for the Orange Order in Canada, which numbered 200,000 at the time.
The leadership of the 1916 Uprising was largely drawn from the Gaelic League, which saw the Irish (Gaelic) language as Ireland's greatest heritage, and the key to Irish emancipation. For this reason, the lectures will be given in Irish (Gaelic), with simultaneous translation. The lectures will be followed by a commemorative service in Irish (Gaelic) and a singing workshop in the traditional style (Sean Nós) in Irish (Gaelic).
WHAT: 1916 Centenary Commemorative Conference
- Reception, Friday 19 February, evening (at the Irish Ambassador's Residence, 291 Park Road, Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa)
- Commemorative Lectures (Saturday, 20 February, 10:00AM to 3:00PM)
- Commemorative Service (Saturday, 20 February, 3:00AM to 3:30PM)
WHEN: 19 and 20 February 2016
WHERE: Ottawa, Ontario: University of Ottawa
LANGUAGE: Irish, with simultaneous translation
COST: $60, Full Package. Click here for pricing of Individual Activities.
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