Projects 2017-07-21T17:53:34+00:00

Kildare 1916 Centenary Commemoration Projects

During 2016 a number of projects were carried out at various locations throughout the county by cultural, educational and community organisations with support from the Kildare 1916 Centenary Commemoration Programme led by the Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Committee.

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Cultural Expression Cultural Expression

Léiriú Cultúrtha

1 Jan 2016 until 31 Dec 2016

Little Stories Little Prints

The Leinster Printmaking Studio, Clane, Co. Kildare, with support from the Kildare County Council Arts and Library Services present a 1916 Commemorative Project through Printmaking.

The project has been organised and coordinated by studio member Pamela de Brí, assisted by Studio Manager Margaret Becker. The project is also being supported by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Almost fifty Printmakers from eight Printmaking studios around Ireland have accepted an invitation to participate in the project, which aims to create awareness of little known events or incidents during or around the time of the Easter Rising in 1916. Through a variety of organised events the artists were encouraged to research incidents and aspects of life at the time of the Rising and to create little prints in response to their research. The result is an eclectic mix of interpretations of both the brief and of the artists’ research. There is sure to be plenty of discussion and argument about some of these interpretations.

To facilitate and stimulate research for the artists several talks and visits were arranged and recorded: a talk by Kildare historian-in-residence James Durney, a talk by historian Gerry O’Neill, a visit to and a talk in the National Library of Ireland, a guided tour of the 1916 Room in Collins Barricks several walks around prominent sites of activity in Dublin. The artists who rose to the challenge presented a great variety of stories and prints, a total of 60 prints were produced.

The yearlong programme of exhibitions and workshops can be followed by logging on to the website: throughout the year where visitors can view the prints online alongside the stories, incidents and events that inspired them.

Beginning with an exhibition in the Little Museum of Dublin, St Stephen’s Green, the project tours libraries in Kildare and Dublin City as well as venues around the country throughout 2016.

The Co. Kildare launch will take place in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on 8 April at 7.00 p.m.

Details of the various exhibitions and workshops can be found in the events section.

Cultural Expression Cultural Expression

Léiriú Cultúrtha

1 Jan 2016 until 31 Dec 2016

1916 Proclamation – Contemporary Woman, Reflections and Recollections 2016

Revisiting Old Habits Rathangan Club will debate the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation from the perspective of contemporary woman, compiling a personal notebook of their response in the form of story, poem, craft, or research. A selection from each notebook will be compiled in a master notebook to be presented as part of the Kildare Artist Notebook Project.

Beidh díospóireacht ag Club “Súil siar ar an sean-nós”, Rath Iomghain ar idéil Forógra 1916, ó dhearcadh ban na linne, agus cuirfear le cheile leabhar nótaí pearsanta lena bhfreagairtí i bhfoirm scéil, dáin, ceirde nó taighde. Tógfar sliocht as gach leabhar nótaí, agus cuirfear iad seo le cheile i máistir-leabhar nótaí, a bheidh mar chuid de thionscadal Leabhair Nótaí Ealaíon Chill Dara.

Cultural Expression Cultural Expression

Léiriú Cultúrtha

1 Jan 2016 until 30 Apr 2016

A Terrible Beauty – Echoes of Easter 1916

A series of theatre workshops and performances with young people throughout the county to remember the past, reconcile the present and imagine the future with Smashing Times Theatre Co.


Macallaí na Cásca 1916

Sraith de cheardlanna agus taispeántais drámaíochta le daoine óga ar fud an chontae, chun cuimhniú ar an t-am atá thart, an linn seo a réitigh agus na todhchaí a shamhlú, in éineacht le Smashing Times Theatre Co.

Ar fud an chontae

Youth and Imagination Youth and Imagination

An Óige agus an tSamhlaíocht

1 Jan 2016 until 31 Dec 2016

If I Had an Artist for a Day – 1916

Themed workshops across art forms in primary schools. For further information please email

Countywide in primary schools.

Youth and Imagination Youth and Imagination

An Óige agus an tSamhlaíocht

1 Jan 2016 until 31 May 2016

Moonfish Theatre

As part of their 2016 residency at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Moonfish is collaborating with the Kildare Library and Arts service to create an immersive theatre piece around the events of the 1916 Rising within the Library Bus that will tour to schools and local villages in the county.

Moonfish Theatre is an ensemble company from Galway that creates work filled with imagination and energy for young epople and adults, in both Irish and English.

Moonfish Theatre will transform the space within the Library Bus in order to create a space where pupils/audiences can have a personal and exploratory experience that transcends everyday life. Immersive theatre encourages the audience to be curious and to interact with the space and the performers. The library bus is the perfect space: its size allows it be transformed using light, sound and a minimum amount of props. Because it is based on a bus the show can tour to a number of different locations, giving a wider audience the chance to access a very exciting, inspiring and unusual piece of theatre.

The aim of the project is to develop children’s speech, language and communication skills through engagement with a story in an original and unforgettable environment.

Contact for more details.

Youth and Imagination Youth and Imagination

An Óige agus an tSamhlaíocht

1 Feb 2016 until 30 Jun 2016

Clane Youth Club Project

A new generation perspective: interpreting the spirit and ideals of the Rising from a print and design viewpoint.

Explore Kildare’s 1916 Centenary Commemoration Events Archive