Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has issued an invitation to the descendants and relatives of 1916 personnel to attend and participate in commemorative events.
"Throughout the development of the Centenary programme, in all of the consultation meetings on different issues, I have been impressed with the interest and commitment of the family members and their wish to be closely involved in the upcoming commemorations," he said.
"I believe that our acknowledgement of the service, sacrifice and achievement of the truly remarkable men and women involved in the Easter Rising, should include a special consideration and their descendants and relatives should be involved.
"Our ongoing preparations would be greatly assisted if relatives who are interested in being represented in the Centenary arrangements would contact the Department. I would be grateful to receive all such expressions of interest in relation to the commemorations in 2016 from families along with information on their familial connection to the Rising."
Families and relatives are invited to make contact in writing to:-
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org