The Government is committed to respecting all traditions on this island equally. It also recognises that developing a greater understanding of our shared history, in all of its diversity, is essential to developing greater understanding and building a shared future.
The State’s Programme for 2016 was launched in April 2015. Ireland 2016 is an ambitious and wide-ranging national commemorative initiative, embracing seven distinct programme strands each with an extensive programme of events: State Ceremonial, Historical Reflection, An Teanga Bheo, Youth and Imagination, Cultural Expression, Community Participation and Global and Disapora.
2016 will belong to everyone on this island and to our friends and families overseas – regardless of political or family background, or personal interpretation of our modern history.
The Government is committed to ensuring that 2016 will be a year of rich and diverse activities when the full complexity of the last 100 years on this island can be explored and celebrated.
A list of State Ceremonial events is attached. In addition to the State Ceremonial events each County has a programme of events taking place in 2016. Further details on the plans for 2016 are available from the Ireland 2016 website www.ireland.ie
National Day of Commemoration 2016
The National Day of Commemoration Ceremony is a multi-faith service of prayer and military ceremony commemorating all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. It is held annually in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin on the Sunday closest to the 11th July, the date on which, in 1921, the Anglo-Irish Truce was agreed. This year the Ceremony will take place on Sunday 10th July and is televised live on RTE.
During the ceremony the President, invited by the Taoiseach, will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland. Other invited guests include members of the Government, Council of State, elected Representatives, Diplomatic Corps, Judiciary, relatives of 1916 participants, along with a large number of Veterans Organisations.
The ceremony, which is held outdoors, is also open to the public. Sign language interpretation will be provided at the event. Those wishing to attend should arrive at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham via the east gate (off Military Road) by 10.15am. The Ceremony concludes at 12.00 noon.