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Britain to host events for 1916 centenary

By Brian Hutton

Published 24/11/2015

Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan

Oxford and Cambridge universities are among major UK institutions marking the 100th anniversary of Ireland's 1916 rising against British rule next year.

The Irish government has also revealed plans for centenary events at London's Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre, and venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and other cities.

Dublin's foreign affairs minister, Charlie Flanagan, said the Ireland 2016 commemorations would involve more than 87 events in the UK throughout the year.

"This is an exciting and busy programme. It offers an occasion to reflect on what happened in Ireland a century ago and on its impact on relationships on these islands," he said. "These reflections will also acknowledge the richness and complexity of these historical events by focusing on their cultural, academic, economic and artistic strands, as well as the broader political narrative."

The University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries will host a two month display, while Churchill College Cambridge will host a three-day academic conference.

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