2016 Commemoration Fund



Kerry County Council’s policy for the 2016 Commemorations focuses on Banna, Ballykissane pier and Valentia Island. These stories impact at local, national and international level. The Council will lead a number of programs including the key Roger Casement Exhibition at Kerry County Museum. This exhibition will explore both the life of Sir Roger Casement leading to his role in the Rising of 1916, and indeed the wider Kerry story looking at social and cultural history and key figures from 1916. The Library service is hosting a number of lectures; the Arts office is working with Listowel Writers Week, the Kerry Film Festival and will be offering 1916 themed Artist in Schools bursaries. Whilst the Kerry 2016 webpage is under construction, up to date information is posted regularly on www.facebook.com/Kerry2016 for anyone who wishes to keep up to date. The Heritage office, Irish Office, Tourism Office and Corporate Services will also be contributing to the 2016 program.

Newly elected Mayor of Kerry County Council, Pat McCarthy, has stated that ‘Kerry’s 2016 commemorations will play an important role in involving both local communities and visitors in opportunities to develop a greater awareness of Kerry’s role in history and indeed the foundation of this State. There is also a strong story to tell, looking at the developments in Kerry and Kerry’s achievements over the past hundred years.’

Moira Murrell, CE Kerry County Council, wishes to remind people that the deadline for funding to support community commemoration programs is July 14th at 4pm, ‘There are many interesting stories to be told in local communities, this funding will help those who want to deliver a program for the 2016 commemorations in their local areas.’

‘The maximum allocation will be €3,000. Everyone is welcome to apply and the key measurement is citizen engagement. Essentially we want to ensure as many people as possible in Kerry have the chance to be part of the 2016 program.  We had public meetings in May which were well attended and very focused. There is a great deal of passion and an amount of ideas across the county; Kerry will have a very strong commemorations program that both commemorates the Rising and celebrates who we are today’, explained Kerry 2016 Coordinator, Kate Kennelly.

Key themes to emerge from the Public Meetings included a strong desire to ensure school children and others are educated fully in the protocol around using the Irish Flag, also the need for respect when singing the national anthem. At every meeting those present agreed that the children of today need to be aware of the significance of 1916, this is a time to ensure family histories are not lost. The point was also made that we need to reflect upon and understand where we have come from as a nation and as a society. The values of the proclamation and Ireland in 2016 should be discussed in schools. Many contributors at the meetings wish to organise events which will both commemorate and celebrate. Some will work with Artists, such as visual artists, musicians, choirs, film makers, writers etc, others will work with local Historical societies. Re-enactments, commemorative walks, recitals and readings will be developed in local communities. Importantly, Community groups, Community Councils, Heritage and Historical Societies and others interested are proposing to develop programs at local level that will offer the public many opportunities to be part of the 2016 Commemorations. Kerry County Council is encouraging groups to spread the proposed program across 2016 offering the wider public the best possible opportunity to partake of as many events as possible.

The 2016 Commemorations fund is supported by Kerry County Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Application forms are available from the Arts Office, Kerry County Council, Rathass, Tralee, 066 7183541 or email kerry2016@kerrycoco.ie . The deadline for receipt of completed application is July 14th at 4pm. Applicants should clearly communicate their ideas, costs and all relevant details. Don’t miss the opportunity to secure funds towards developing your Kerry 2016 program.

Further information, contact Kate Kennelly 066 7183541 or email kerry2016@kerrycoco.ie

2016 Commemoration Fund

Preparing for 2016; Helen O’Carroll, Museum Curator show’s Cathaoirleach of Kerry Cllr. Pat McCarty a collar from Sir. Roger Casements clothing during his time under guard here in Tralee, Cllr Robert Beasley, SPC Chairman for 2016 and Kerry 2016 Coordinator Kate Kennelly also in the photo. Looking forward to an excellent exhibition in the County Museum as part of the Kerry 2016 Commemorations; ‘Casement, a revolutionary journey’ Exhibition at the County Museum. 

Reminding people of the deadline of July 14thre funding for Kerry 2016 commemorations at local level…..don’t miss it!!

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Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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