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 

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.

"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.

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 the Weber County Library.

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 2014 Sundance movie). Following our historical look at The Rising, Toibin will provide insight into how has the Irish view of 1916, and themselves, has changed in the past 100 years. 

See the full schedule of events 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.