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Sydney Commemorates the Proclamation and Rising

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Remember part of Ireland's history
In 2016 Ireland looks back on the events of 1916, as they mark the first Centenary of the Easter Rising - an important occurrence in Irish modern day history. During Easter Week of that year, an uprising was carried out, led by fifteen men whose overall goal was the Ireland's independence from British rule.

To commemorate and remember these events, during which an estimated 485 lives were lost, there will be a reading of The Proclamation outside Sydney's old General Post Office in Martin Place.

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1916 Memorial - Tom Clarke, Freeman of Limerick pointing to the Proclamation. Image Credit: GilPe (Own work), distributed under CC BY-SA 4.0 license

Following this public reading a film screening will occur at the Dixson room at the State Library of New South Wales.

The films that will be shown are as follows:

A Terrible Beauty

This film relates the events of Easter Week in 1916, particularly in terms of the Battle of Mount Street Bridge and Ned Daly's Four Courts Garrison. The film recounts the events from three differing perspectives. This film also speaks to the stories of civilians and others caught in the middle of the fighting.

Who Dares To Speak of Easter Week

This film was recovered from the Australian Film and Sound archives and would have been what Irish people living in Australia would have viewed after the events of Easter 1916. This is a unique opportunity to view a film that has not been screened publicly in more than 90 years.

Irish Destiny

This is a film that was created by Isaac Epple and discovered in archives in the 1990's after being lost for some time. It tells the story of a man in the IRA who tries to go to Dublin to warn his fellows of a planned raid on a secret IRA meeting but who is captured by the British.

This event is free, however booking is essential via Eventbrite.
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Why? Remember the events of Easter Week in Ireland 1916
When: Monday, 28 March 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Phone: (02) 9264 9635
Where: The Commemoration begins at 10 am outside the old Sydney GPO in Martin Place, then moves to the Dixson Room at The Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place.
Cost: Free - booking is essential
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