Huddersfield Irish Centre is staging a series of events to mark 100 years since the Easter Rising in Dublin.

The events include Irish dancing, music, poetry and a school history project.

Eddie Mulligan from the centre said: “One hundred years ago on Easter Monday April 24,1916, a group of Irish men and women staged a rebellion against the British Empire.

“This was a seminal moment in the formation of the modern Irish State. A weekend of events is planned to commemorate that historic occasion and this is a joint venture between Huddersfield TUC and Huddersfield Irish Centre.

“There has been a very important link between Ireland and Huddersfield since the middle of the 19th Century with a vibrant Irish community in the town. We are inviting people from all the diverse groups in Huddersfield to participate in these events to make it as inclusive as possible.”

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People need to get tickets for the events but they are free.

It starts on Friday, April 22 at 7.30pm with an official opening by Kirklees Mayor Clr Paul Kane and then Professor Jim McAuley from Huddersfield University will talk about the historic perspective.

There will be a short display of traditional Irish dancing followed by a production of an anthology of music, songs, poetry and prose by Triskellion Theatre company on the Dublin Lockout that preceded the rising. The theatre group is based in Nottingham.

On Saturday, April 23, pupils from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School at Birkby will perform a history project about the 1916 Rising at 1pm in the Irish Centre.

And on Saturday evening at 7.30pm a speaker from the Irish Embassy will open proceedings followed by a talk on the rebellion by Dr Kevin Bean from Liverpool University.

Andy Irvine

That will be followed by a performance by the world renowned traditional Irish singer songwriter Andy Irvine.

On Sunday, April 24 at 7.45pm Morning Star reporter Peter Lazenby will give short speech on 1916 followed by Robin Stocks, author of Hidden Heroes of Easter Week – a book on the Manchester Volunteers in the Rebellion, who will talk about those from Manchester who went over to participate in the Rising.

This will be followed by a performance of Dublin Burning by Mike Hanrahan and Brendan Begley, an anthology of music, songs and poetry about the Rebellion.

The evening will finish with a performance of songs by local musician Paul O’Sullivan.

The Easter Rising

Irish republicans planned a nationwide uprising against British rule but a series of mishaps meant it was confined to Dublin.

Around 2,000 Irish fighters seized Dublin General Post Office and other strategic points in the city centre and leader Patrick Pearse read a proclamation announcing the birth of the Irish republic.

Street fighting lasted about a week with the British army and the Irish surrendered on April 29.

Pearse and 14 other leaders of the rebellion were court-martialed and executed by British authorities in the weeks that followed.

Though the uprising itself had been unpopular with most of the Irish people, these executions excited a wave of revulsion against the British authorities and turned the dead republican leaders into martyred heroes.

And so the Easter Rising signalled the start of the republican revolution in Ireland.