Events to mark Easter Rising centenary


Community: The embassy of Ireland has unveiled details of three events taking place in Luxembourg to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising that eventually led to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland.

Events to mark Easter Rising centenary
Liam Neeson narrates the documentary “1916: The Irish Rebellion”, which will be screened at the Cinémathèque Photo(s) : Keough-Naughton Institute

A few weeks after celebrations in Ireland commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the Irish community and its friends in Luxembourg get a chance to mark the centenary at three local events.

First up is the European Hurling and Camogie Tournament organised by the Gaelic Sports Club of Luxembourg in Hostert on Saturday 16 April (see Ten things to do). “This would give everyone an opportunity to see and experience one of our oldest and most loved Gaelic games,” said the embassy of Ireland.

Four days later, on Wednesday 20 April, prominent Irish writer and historian Dr Ferghal McGarry will give a lecture at the European School in Kirchberg. The evening will begin with a display of Irish dancing and music at 7 p.m. followed by the lecture. The organisers will ensure there will be time for a Q&A at the end of the lecture. The evening will end with a reception. The lecture is open to anyone, however, guests must register before 18.00 on Sunday 17 April at

The final event is a screening on Sunday 24 April at 5 p.m. at the Cinémathèque of documentary film “1916: The Irish Rebellion”. Narrated by Liam Neeson and produced by the University of Notre Dame, the film gives a wider perspective on the Rising. Tickets for the event can be purchased directly from the Cinémathèque.

“It is hoped that these events will achieve the dual aim of commemoration and celebration,” the embassy stated. “The many dignified, inclusive and magnificent celebrations in Dublin and around Ireland over the Easter period were a credit to the many organisers and those who took part in or attended each event.”

The embassy adds that it acknowledges the generous sponsorship it has received from Luxair, Hotel Le Royal and the Kerry Group in helping make possible the commemoration programme.