Launch of Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

Elected members of Donegal County Council at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemoration Programme and Education Pack with speakers including Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Annemarie NiChurreain, Poet & Writer, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Michael Starrett, The Heritage Council, Eileen Burgess, Donegal Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator and Michael O'Reilly, Ireland 2016.

Elected members of Donegal County Council at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemoration Programme and Education Pack with speakers including Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Annemarie NiChurreain, Poet & Writer, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Michael Starrett, The Heritage Council, Eileen Burgess, Donegal Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator and Michael O’Reilly, Ireland 2016.

2016 commemorations got of to a great start in Donegal on Monday (18 January 2016) with the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemorations Programme by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan at the County House in Lifford.

 

The Cathaoirleach launched the programme to a full house with well over 120 people in attendance including special guest centenarian Patrick Gillespie from Strabane.

Centenarian Patrick Gillespie from Strabane at the launch of the Donegal 2016 programme and education pack at the County House Lifford on Monday 18 January 2016

Centenarian Patrick Gillespie from Strabane at the launch of the Donegal 2016 programme and education pack at the County House Lifford on Monday 18 January 2016

Donegal 2016 will see an extensive programme of events and activities across the county to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards our future.

Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee addressing the audience at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee addressing the audience at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

This programme is part of the Ireland 2016 programme and contains events and initiatives across all seven strands of the national programme.  The Donegal programme has been developed following extensive community consultation.

 

To coincide with the launch of the Donegal 2016 commemorations, Donegal County Council has produced a history and heritage education pack – Donegal in 1916: From the Edge.  This pack, which was funded by The Heritage Council, consists of a 64 page booklet and 19 facsimiles in a designed folder.  The pack, which is aimed at upper primary/secondary school students, teachers and a general audience, will give people a flavour of what life in Donegal was like in 1916 and will be unveiled at Monday’s launch.

Eileen Burgess, Donegal Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Anne McElchar, Donegal County Council and Judith McCarthy, Donegal County Museum at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemoration Programme and Education Pack in the County House, Lifford on Monday 18 January 2016.

Eileen Burgess, Donegal Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Anne McElchar, Donegal County Council and Judith McCarthy, Donegal County Museum at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemoration Programme and Education Pack in the County House, Lifford on Monday 18 January 2016.

With over 90 events planned for Donegal, and more likely to be included in the coming months, Donegal is set for an exciting year of commemorations, where everyone of all ages, both in Donegal and overseas, will have an opportunity to join in.

Minister of State Joe McHugh presenting centenarian Patrick Gillespie with a commemorative medal to mark the Ireland 2016 commemorations

Minister of State Joe McHugh presenting centenarian Patrick Gillespie with a commemorative medal to mark the Ireland 2016 commemorations

 

Annmarie NiChurreain, Poet & Writer addressing the audience at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

Annmarie NiChurreain, Poet & Writer addressing the audience at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

Michael O'Reilly Ireland 2016 addressing the audience at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

Michael O’Reilly Ireland 2016 addressing the audience at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

 

Cllr. Ian McGarvey with centenarian Patrick Gillespie from Strabane at the launch of the Donegal 2016 programme.

Cllr. Ian McGarvey with centenarian Patrick Gillespie from Strabane at the launch of the Donegal 2016 programme.

 

Michael Starrett, Chief Executive, The Heritage Council addressing the audience at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

Michael Starrett, Chief Executive, The Heritage Council addressing the audience at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack

 

Members of the Donegal Historial Society at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack on Monday 18 January at the County House, Lifford

Members of the Donegal Historial Society at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack on Monday 18 January at the County House, Lifford

 

Joe Gallagher, Heritage Officer, John McDonagh, Director, The National Archives, Eileen Burgess, Donegal Co-ordinator for Ireland 2016, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Judith McCarthy, County Museum, Niamh Brennan, County Archivist and Michael Starrett, The Heritage Council at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack.

Joe Gallagher, Heritage Officer, John McDonagh, Director, The National Archives, Eileen Burgess, Donegal Co-ordinator for Ireland 2016, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Judith McCarthy, County Museum, Niamh Brennan, County Archivist and Michael Starrett, The Heritage Council at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack.

Members of the Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemoration Programme and Education Pack  with speakers including Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Annemarie NiChurreain, Poet & Writer, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Michael Starrett, The Heritage Council, Eileen Burgess, Donegal Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator and Michael O'Reilly, Ireland 2016.

Members of the Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemoration Programme and Education Pack with speakers including Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Annemarie NiChurreain, Poet & Writer, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Michael Starrett, The Heritage Council, Eileen Burgess, Donegal Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator and Michael O’Reilly, Ireland 2016.

Speakers at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack including Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council, Annemarie NiChurreain, Poet & Writer, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Michael Starrett, The Heritage Council, Eileen Burgess, Donegal Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator and Michael O'Reilly, Ireland 2016.

Speakers at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack including Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council, Annemarie NiChurreain, Poet & Writer, Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher, Chair of Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee, Michael Starrett, The Heritage Council, Eileen Burgess, Donegal Ireland 2016 Co-ordinator and Michael O’Reilly, Ireland 2016.

Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Joe McHugh, Minister of State with special guest centenarian Patrick Gillespie from Strabane at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemoration Programme and Education Pack in the County House, Lifford on Monday 18 January 2016.

Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Joe McHugh, Minister of State with special guest centenarian Patrick Gillespie from Strabane at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Commemoration Programme and Education Pack in the County House, Lifford on Monday 18 January 2016.

Eilish & Gerry Rushe attending the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack.

Eilish & Gerry Rushe attending the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack.

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