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2016 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin against British rule. Made up of organisations such as the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army, the failed Rising proved to be a seminal point in British/Irish relations and its impact on Irish history and politics reverberates to this day.


A little known aspect to the Rising is the role the Irish diaspora played in the rebellion through the above military organisations. It is now known that up to 30 men and women based in Glasgow took part in the fighting during Easter Week. Some of these women and men were Irish born while many were born in Glasgow and joined local companies of the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna Éireann from 1913 onwards to support Irish aspirations.


The 1916 Rising Centenary Committee (Scotland) has been set up to remember these women and men who sacrificed so much in the pursuit of an Irish republic.


The Committee is made up of a wide range of individuals from the Irish community and beyond including academics, historians, and Irish community members involved in Irish language, culture, sport and the arts.



Aims & Objectives

The aims of the committee will be:


To commemorate the contingent of Glasgow based members of the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna Éireann, who crossed to Ireland to participate in the 1916 Rising, in Dublin, Galway and Enniscorthy.


To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, the most important single event in modern Irish history.


Agreed Objectives:


Confirm the identity and life history of all participants from Scotland, to include photos, identifying living relatives and place of burial.


Attempt to establish the record of military service of each member of the contingent from Scotland’s during Easter Week.


The leading role of Edinburgh-born James Connolly, will also be highlighted, together with the key contribution of women like Coatbridge-born Margaret Skinnider.


Establish whereabouts of the members of the contingent from Scotland, following the surrender and deportations to English prisons, before their incarceration in Frongoch internment camp in north Wales.


To raise awareness of the 197 prisoners from the west of Ireland who were deported to Scotland and incarcerated in Barlinnie and Perth Prisons.


Hold seminars to educate the wider public about the key role of Irish revolutionaries in Scotland in the lead up to and during the Easter Rising. This should also include support from sections of the Irish community, and some Scottish nationalists and socialists.


Work in partnership with governmental, community and academic institutions to further the aims of the committee, including the production of an education pack for schools.


Produce a publication to record the significant part played by the Glasgow based Irish Volunteers in the lead up to and during the Easter Rising.


Create a website, Facebook and Twitter account to promote the aims of the committee.

Ensure that the important role of the contingents of Irish Volunteers from Glasgow, Liverpool and London in the Rising, are reflected in official commemorative events and publications at home and abroad.


Visit Dublin in Easter 2016 to participate in the centenary events.



Scotland & the Easter Rising

Lunch & Workshops


The Irish Language and 1916


Caoimhín Ó Cadhla, Conradh na Gaeilge


Seamus Reader and the Rising


Eddi Reader (musician and grandniece of Seamus Reader)


Scottish Responses to the Easter Rising


Chloe Alexander (University of Aberdeen)





A day of talks, readings and workshops rounded off by a ceili at night Saturday, 5th March 2016 11am

to 3.30pm and 7pm to 11.30pm


Scottish Trades Union Congress, 333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow G3 6NG

Registration: 10.30 to 10.45am


Opening introduction


Anne-Marie Flynn, Vice Consul General of Ireland to Scotland

Reciting of Padraig Pearse’s oration at the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa

Reading of the Proclamation



morning session


Irish Volunteers from Scotland the 1916 Rising


Máirtín Ó Catháin (University of Central Lancashire)


Women of the Rising


Pauline Conroy (Independent social policy analyst and guest lecturer at UCD, Trinity College

and the Open Training College)


There will be time for brief questions after each contribution




Afternoon session


The 1916 Rising, the ITGWU, ICA and the Socialist Dimension


Francis Devine (historian of the Irish and British labour movements)


Book Launch: From a Land beyond the Wave: Irish Volunteers from Scotland and the 1916 Rising


Evening celebration Céilí – Songs and Music of the Easter Rising


An evening of entertainment and commemoration with local musicians including Eddi Reader

and Brendan McHugh and friends





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The 1916 Rising Centenary Committee (Scotland) needs your help to remember the Clydeside women and men of Easter 1916.


Did you have relatives involved in Irish organisations in Glasgow during this period? if so, we would love to hear from you.


Do you have any photos, memoriabilia or artifacts associated with this period? Again, we’d love to hear from you.


Please contact us if you think you can help the Committee in any way you think might be helpful.




We particularly welcome any donations made to further the aims and objectives of the Committee.

PayPal link coming soon.