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GAA to stage 1916 commemorative event at Croke Park

It will be run in conjunction with the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D,  President of the GAA Aogán Ó Fearghail, centre and Director General Páraic Duffy.
Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D, President of the GAA Aogán Ó Fearghail, centre and Director General Páraic Duffy.
Image: Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE

A COMMEMORATIVE EVENT to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising will be staged at Croke Park on the day of next year’s Allianz League finals, it has been announced.

The event, which will take place in-between the Division 1 and 2 finals, will take place on Sunday 24 April as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

The GAA will begin the process of writing to every club in Ireland to invite them to partake with the association anticipating each club to be represented in ‘a celebration that will reflect the role of the GAA in this period and in a modern Ireland.’

Speaking at today’s launch at Croke Park, GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail said: “Next year will be a hugely significant one for Irish people everywhere and we are pleased to highlight the role that the GAA played in the emergence of modern Ireland.

“As the largest sporting organisation on the island, there is an obvious link in this period with the activities of the GAA and we look forward to next April’s event which will celebrate history and tradition while also looking to the future of modern Ireland.”

An artistic director will be appointed in due course while the association say further details and information on tickets will be made available shortly.

Meanwhile, the GAA museum at Croke Park has launched an exhibition which celebrates the unique accomplishments of some of Gaelic Games’ most famous families.

Alan Brogan and his father Bernard Alan Brogan and his father Bernard with their contribution to the GAA Dynasties exhibition. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The GAA Dynasties exhibition will run until May 2016 on the ground floor of the museum and will display items that demonstrate the role the sport has had to play down through the generations.

Items from the Cannings of Portumna and Galway, the Kernans of Crossmaglen and Armagh, the Leahy brothers of Boherlahan and the McHughs of Donegal amongst others will be available to view throughout the exhibition.

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