Labour Blog

Labour Blog

Abbey Theatre launches 1916 Commemoration programme with the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Aodhan O’Riordáin

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 06:23 PM

An Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD and Minister of State for Equality and Culture Aodhan O’Riordáin, joined Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre to announce details of Waking the Nation, the Abbey’s major initiative as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

Speaking after a brief preview of the Abbey’s latest show Oedipus An Tánaiste Joan Burton spoke about how special the Abbey was to her after first attending the theatre when she was aged 11.

“The importance of the arts and culture goes far beyond their monetary value - they define our character as a nation," the Tánaiste Joan Burton said.

"They display the dynamism of Ireland to the entire world, encouraging creativity and innovation in a range of fields. They also ensure we remember.

"Waking the Nation is particularly important in that respect. We’re all aware of the historical and cultural links which the Abbey has with the events of 1916. The Commemorations will belong to everyone on this island – regardless of political background. The 1916 generation would have wanted nothing less.”

Permanent link | Categories: