Thursday, March 27, 2008

Annual commemoration of Irish Easter Uprising

NEW HAVEN — The 92nd Anniversary commemorating the “1916 Easter Uprising” in Dublin, Ireland will be held on the New Haven Green, beginning with a Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday. Following the Mass, a ceremony to honor the men and woman who fought for Irish independence will take place, organizers said.
The public ceremony, with a group from last year’s event shown at right, is in its 18th year, is “a reminder to all ethnic groups that freedom and liberty carry a high price,” organizers said. Local honorees are recalled in a roll call and the original “Proclamation of Freedom” will be read.
The 1916 Easter Uprising occurred when about 1,000 men and women captured the General Post Office building in Dublin, Ireland in another effort to gain independence for their country, organizers said. It was a key turning point on the road to Irish independence.
Michael V. Lynch, master of ceremonies for the event, said in a statement, “Since its start in 1991, this event has drawn several hundred of Connecticut’s citizens honoring this historic event in Ireland’s history.”
In case of inclement weather: all activities will take place in the basement hall of St. Mary’s Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave.
An Irish breakfast fundraiser will follow the Flag Ceremony, at 10 a.m. at The Playwright Restaurant, 144 Temple St. The breakfast benefits the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Breakfast is $10 per person in advance and $12 at the door. For more information and reservations call Maura McKeown, (203) 288-1145.

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