The Hibernian Society Presents

1916-2016 Centenary Celebrations

"The Irish Rising!"

is the theme for this year’s observance of the annual festivities celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick. We chose the theme not only to commemorate the week 100 years ago when Irishmen and Irishwomen made a stand "supported by her exiled children in America," but in order to celebrate the flowering of Irish self-sufficiency, arts, language and culture that paved the way for the rebellion and continues to this day. We hope you can join us at many of the artistic, historical and simply fun events during our three-month Irish Rising Festival. 

The Parade is March 12

at 10 a.m., and the route will be the same as last year, through the Gateway Center. The march begins on 400 West, at 200 North, and runs south through the Gateway to 200 South.  All families, particularly those with Irish surnames, are asked to please submit an entry form. Information for parade participants is at the "Parade Entry" link at right. 

Take TRAX to the Parade and Siamsa to avoid parking hassles.

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Irish Rising! Festival 

Poetry Night

Highlights of our festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising include the Feb. 27 Poetry Night, 6:30 p.m. in downtown Salt Lake City at St. Mark's Cathedral, 231 East 100 South, Salt Lake City.


Signatories 1916: concert

"The Signatories 1916," on March 12, brings Dublin singer-songwriter Pat Waters to Utah for an informative and entertaining focus on the Easter Rising in story and song. Waters' presentation focuses on the seven men who signed the Proclamation of Independence that was read out to began The Rising on Easter Monday, 1916.

Irish Rising! Film Series

Our Irish Rising Film Series presents old and new films that touch on the events 100 years ago that led to freedom, a terrible Civil War and a 100 year legacy. Films include Ryan's Daughter, A Terrible BeautyMichael Collins and the classic Jimmy Cagney vehicle Shake Hands with the DevilScreenings take place at 7:30 p.m. at Judge Memorial Auditorium and in Ogden.

A special treat will be an April 11 screening of the film Brooklyn (2015) and Q&A with Irish author Colm Toibin who wrote the book on which the film is based. The film premiered at Sundance in 2015 and is currently nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Colm Toibin on irish national identity

We're co-sponsoring several 1916 centennial events with Weber State University, including an April lecture on Irish national identity by Colm Toibin, author of the novel Brooklyn (made into a 2015 Sundance movie). Following our historical look at The Rising, Toibin will provide insight into how the Irish view of 1916, and themselves, has changed in the past 100 years. 

History of Irish traditional music

Another WSU event combines performance and lecture as Dr. Mark Stevenson, himself active in Utah's traditional Irish music scene, traces Irish music from its ancient origins to recent decades' international popularity.

See the full schedule of events on our front page for dates, times and venues. 

Looking for a parade entry form?

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Information for participants in the 2016 St. Patrick's Day parade can be found at the "Parade Entry" link at right. You can apply online, or download entry forms and instructions. The page includes information on the parade theme, fee schedule, and instructions for filling out and returning the entry form.