Tipp plans for 1916 celebration as ‘secretive as the Rising itself’

Fears that Tipperary was being left behind concerning the planning of celebrations to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Rising were expressed at a meeting of Tipperary County Council.

Fears that Tipperary was being left behind concerning the planning of celebrations to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Rising were expressed at a meeting of Tipperary County Council.

Workers and Unemployed Action Group member Cllr Pat English asked officials why funding had not been allocated to Tipperary and he wanted to know why everything about the event was so secretive.

Cllr. English said nobody had heard of any preparation, funding or a programme of events for Tipperary and he told officials that the intentions of the authority should be presented to the public as soon as possible.

Chairman Michael Fitzgerald said preparations were well advanced in Tipperary .

“It’s turning out to be a bigger secret than the Rising itself” suggested Cllr. English.

“It’s no secret” replied the council chairman.

Director of Services Sinead Carr said an internal team consisting of officials from the museum, the arts and heritage offices had been in place since December.

A number of meetings had been held and there would be a series of events to mark the events of 1916 to 1923.

A national body was bringing together the co-ordinators in every county in February and after that meeting plans would be put to the members and the community would be asked to make suggestions.

She told members that the council would like to see significant engagement with the community and members would be kept updated.

Cllr. English said he was not happy as no specific funding had been mentioned for Tipperary and there should be room on the internal group for members of the council.

He was supported by Sinn Fein’s David Dunne who said some members should be on the organising committee.

He reminded members that Sinn Fein commemorated the event every year and said the public were welcome to attend the events held by the party.