13 January 2005 Edition
Céad Bliain Sinn Féin 1905-2005
The launch of the programme of events for Céad Bliain Sinn Féin, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sinn Féin, will take place on Friday evening 14 January, in the historic Round Room of Dublin's Mansion House, when Party President Gerry Adams will officially launch the year's activities.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Many more events will be taking place to mark Céad Bliain Sinn Féin. Events will also be organised in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
If you would like further information on any Céad Bliain events, on the history of Sinn Féin or on any of the publications and merchandise produced for Céad Bliain, contact: Sinn Féin Céad Bliain, 44 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
Tel: 01-8726100 Email: [email protected]
Letter from Gerry Adams
2005 is the centenary year of the foundation of Sinn Féin. Tá idéalacha Fhorógra na Poblachta 1916 mar cuspóir againn, chomh maith le díograis na mílte a mhair, a shaothraigh agus a fuair bás ar son na Poblachta agus táimíd ag ceiliúradh Céad Bliain ag streachailt.
We will be celebrating the party's anniversary with events in every county in Ireland — these include a major photographic exhibition, national rally, lecture series, birthday party, public meetings, womens conference, Slógadh, youth festival and much much more.
Events will also take place in the US, Canada, Australia, Britain and Europe.
During the year we will also produce a book of historical documents and photographs, a limited edition coin and a series of cards commemorating women in Irish history and key events of the last 100 years.
With a century of struggle behind it, Sinn Féin is today the fastest growing political movement in Ireland with the youngest and most active membership and with support among the Irish Diaspora unmatched by any other political party.
2005 will mark another step closer to our goal of a United Ireland, a Sovereign Republic where, in the words of the 1916 Proclamation, all the children of the nation are treated equally.
I am inviting people, young and old, to join with us in celebrating our centenary year and in building for Irish Unity.
• Calendar of Events
14th National Reception and Launch of Programme Dublin
29th-30th Ógra National Conference Derry
Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Exhibition Derry
Céad Bliain Celebrations Australia
Launch of Green Paper on Irish unity
12th Céad Bliain National Women's Conference,
Canal Court Hotel, Newry Down
Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Exhibition Down
24th Night out at the Races, Cork Comhairle Ceantair Cork
26th Fermanagh Sinn Féin Dinner,
Manor House Hotel, Enniskillen Fermanagh
Ógra Discussion - The True Inheritors of
Irish Republicanism, Trinity College Dublin
Ógra Discussion - The Legacy of Connolly
(The Real Alternative Left), Trinity College Dublin
Fergal O'Hanlon Memorial Lecture,
The Centenary of Sinn Féin 1905-2005 Monaghan
4th-5th-6th Ard Fheis Dublin
Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Exhibition Dublin
5th Sinn Féin Céad Bliain International
Music Night, Ormond Hotel, Ormond Quay Dublin
8th International Women's Day
Céad Bliain Celebrations European Parliament
Historical Exhibition to be held in Rostrevor Village Down
17th St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Weekend of Céad Bliain Events USA
18th-19th-20th Slódagh, Gweedore Donegal
19th Sinn Féin Céad Bliain and Local
Historical Exhibition, Warrenpoint Town Hall Down
22nd-29th Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Exhibition Dublin
22nd-23rd, St Michael's Community Centre, D8
24th-26th, Ballyfermot Civic Centre
28th-29th, St Catherine's Community Centre, D8
22nd James Connolly Memorial Lecture,
The Legacy of 1916, Liberty Hall, 8pm Dublin
23rd Launch of Down Dublin Streets, originally
written by Eamon Mac Thomáis in 1965.
McDowell's Pub, Emmet Road, D8 Dublin
23rd Céad Bliain Celebration - One City Many Peoples,
7pm, Holiday Inn, University Street, Belfast Antrim
24th Film Night, screening of 'The Dawn', in
Irish Film Centre, Eustace Street, at 8pm Dublin
25th Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Historical Walking
Tour, Meet at Trinity College Gates, at 2pm Dublin
26th Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Dublin Annual Gala
Dinner Dance, Holiday Inn, Pearse Street Dublin
26th Red Cow Hotel, Shebeen and Spirit of Freedom,
doors open at 8pm Dublin
27th Sinn Féin Portlairge Comhairle Ceantair
Céad Bliain Banquet, Tower Hotel Waterford
27th Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Rededication of the Republican
Monument in the Woodlands of Loughglynn Roscommon
31st Céad Bliain Celebration Rally, Slieve Donard Hotel,
Newcastle. Main Speaker: Gerry Adams Down
22nd South Antrim Céad Bliain Dinner, O'Neill Arms Hotel,
Toomebridge, Guest Speaker: Caitríona Ruane Antrim
23rd Monaghan Centenary Draw and Dance, Lakeside Hotel, Monaghan
Tour of Kilmainham Jail by Monaghan Republicans
• April - May 2005
Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Lecture Series, sponsored by An Phoblacht.
A Sinn Féin Cead Bliain Lecture Series, sponsored by An Phoblacht, will take place in venues across Ireland in the Spring. The lectures will be published later in the year as a commemorative book.
List of confirmed speakers:
Meda Ryan: Talk about Tom Barry and Liam Lynch. Shane Mac Thomáis: Talk about history of republican publications. Eoin Ó Broin: Talk about international solidarity. Matt Treacy: Sinn Féin and the left. Morgan Llywellen: Sinn Féin, the early years. Danny Morrison: Talk about operating as press officer for Sinn Féin and as editor of An Phoblacht during 1970s and 1980s.
Full details of the lecture series will be published in An Phoblacht
28th May Day, Night at the Dogs, Tralee Kerry
Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery by Monaghan Republicans.
3rd Tour by the Leadership of Sinn Féin for the Leinster
Céad Bliain Celebrations. Speaker: Martin McGuinness Wexford
6th Launch of re-vamped An Phoblacht Dublin
11th-12th Campa Naisiúnta Óige '05 - An Ireland for all its people -
100 years of Sinn Féin - 100 years of the Ulster Unionist Tyrone
11th Céad Bliain Walk in the Ox Mountains, Foxford, Mayo
19th Bodenstown Kildare
24th Tour by the Leadership of Sinn Féin for the Munster
Céad Bliain Celebrations. Speaker: Gerry Adams MP
24th-26th Interprovincial Gaelic Games Weekend, Derry
2nd Céad Bliain Walk in South Armagh. Registration 10.30am for
an 11am start @ Slieve Gullio Court Yard Car Park, Meigh Armagh
2nd Céad Bliain Soccer Tournament, Killough, County Down.
Trophy presented in Honour of Séamus Owens Down
Historical Exhibition during month of August in
Downpatrick Arts Centre or Museum Down
9th Tour by the Leadership of Sinn Féin for the Connacht/Ulster
Céad Bliain Celebrations. Speaker: Martin McGuinness
17th Conference: Towards National Reconciliation,
Lansdowne Hotel, Belfast at 10am Antrim
24th National Rally Dublin
National Rally Social Night, 8pm Ormond Hotel, Ormond Quay Dublin
International Lecture Dublin
24th Céad Bliain Celebrations France
Historical Exhibition during month of
September in Ballynahinch, venue to be confirmed Down
8th Building Equality and Human Rights
in a New Ireland, National Conference Dublin
Series of activities to celebrate
Sinn Féin Céad Bliain and 1798 Fermanagh
5th Breithlá Sinn Féin, Citywest Dublin
Céad Bliain Celebrations USA
15th-19th Sinn Féin Céad Bliain Exhibition, NUIG Campus,
Áras na Mac Léinn, Galway City Galway
27th Céad Bliain Commemoration at the Rotunda Dublin