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Easter Rising centenary exhibition marks Sir Roger Casement's work

Published 28/12/2015

Sir Roger Casement was executed for treason in 1916 at Pentonville Prison
Sir Roger Casement was executed for treason in 1916 at Pentonville Prison

An exhibition on Sir Roger Casement's work in the Amazon will be among events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said.

Sir Roger was hanged in 1916 for his involvement in the revolt. He was a human rights campaigner who worked around the world, including in Brazil.

He is also well known for his investigation into forced labour in the Congo.

Cultural events are also being held in Buenos Aires and Abu Dhabi as part of a year of centenary occasions.

Mr Flanagan said: "A wide range of events remembering 1916 and highlighting Ireland's history, arts and culture in the century since will take place all around the globe.

"From Buenos Aires to Paris, and from Tokyo to New York, I invite Ireland's global friends and family to come together to remember the events of 100 years ago, and, importantly, to celebrate the progress we have made over the last century and to look forward."

Hundreds of events will take place in dozens of cities.

Mr Flanagan added: "This will be an important opportunity to remember a key moment in Irish history and to remember it with Ireland's citizens, friends and international partners around the world.

"The Easter Rising took place in an international context - indeed it was headline news in the New York Times for days after Easter 1916 - and it is fitting that the commemorations will reach beyond our shores and bring Ireland's story to a whole new audience in a new way."

The schedule includes:

:: A programme of cultural events in Buenos Aires highlighting 1916 and exploring the links that existed then and today between Ireland and Argentina, which is home to Ireland's largest Spanish-speaking diaspora.

:: A Tokyo conference with the theme of "The 1916 Rising with an Asian Perspective."

:: A digitisation project in Melbourne, preserving the scrapbooks of Irish scholar and Melbourne doctor Nicholas O'Donnell, who tracked the reporting of the Rising in the Australian press.

:: An exhibition and seminar on the life and work of Sir Roger in Brasilia and Manaus in the Amazon region of Brazil.

:: Images from the Sean Sexton collection, featuring photographs of the Easter Rising, will be on display in the Photographer's Gallery in central London.

:: A production of the 'Shadow of a Gunman' by Sean O'Casey in Abu Dhabi alongside a programme of Irish music, poetry and dance.

:: The Ireland 100 three-week festival of Irish Arts and Culture in the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

:: A community commemorative event in Pier A in New York reflecting Irish and Irish American culture.

:: A musical performance remembering the Rising through songs from the time, entitled Wherever Green is Worn, will take place in Sydney.

:: A conference on Ireland in 1916 and the parallels between Ireland and Finland, which will mark a century since declaring independence from Russia in 1917, will take place in Helsinki.

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