Athenaeum fea­tures in ma­jor Cen­te­nary book

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

THE ATHENAUEM in En­nis­cor­thy forms part of a book on the 2016 Cen­te­nary Pro­gramme.

Last week Min­is­ter for Cul­ture, Her­itage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphrey high­lighted the key role of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in the Ire­land 2016 Cen­te­nary Pro­gramme.

In the book the Athenaeum is pic­tured with the fol­low­ing ex­tract: ‘En­nis­cor­thy was one of the few places out­side of Dublin where the re­bel­lion took place. Its beau­ti­ful Vic­to­ria-era Athenaeum was the rebel head­quar­ters dur­ing Easter Week. The 150 seat the­atre was re­stored for the Ris­ing cen­te­nary and re­opened not only as a com­mu­nity and arts venue but with a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion de­tail­ing the town’s role in the Ris­ing.’

Min­is­ter Humphries was speak­ing fol­low­ing the launch of the book, Cen­te­nary, which she com­mis­sioned to doc­u­ment the com­mem­o­ra­tive events of 2016 at home and abroad. She also thanked com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try for their ex­ten­sive en­gage­ment with the pro­gramme through­out the year.

‘ The most mem­o­rable part of the year for me was the com­mu­nity spirit I saw around the coun­try. Our lo­cal au­thor­i­ties played a piv­otal role in fos­ter­ing that com­mu­nity spirit through their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion.

The book, Cen­te­nary, doc­u­ments how 1916 was re­mem­bered last year at home and abroad, fo­cussing on sig­nif­i­cant com­mem­o­ra­tive events pre­sented in chrono­log­i­cal or­der. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties were cen­tral to the or­gan­i­sa­tion and fa­cil­i­ta­tion of many of the 3,500 events that took place through­out the year. The book was edited by Ro­nan McGreevy, Ir­ish Times jour­nal­ist and au­thor.

Ro­nan McGreevy said: ‘Last year’s com­mem­o­ra­tions demon­strated that Ir­ish peo­ple are proud of this coun­try’s sta­tus as an in­de­pen­dent na­tion and proud of the men and women who brought it about. All of us in­volved in this book were con­scious of the hon­our and the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­duce some­thing wor­thy of a won­der­ful year.

‘We were for­tu­nate in hav­ing at our dis­posal the work of so many tal­ented pho­tog­ra­phers and artists. They told the story. The words sup­ply the con­text and ev­ery county has been in­cluded in the book.’

The Athenaeum in En­nis­cor­thy.

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