The Easter Rising Centennial Banner Project

Introduction

The National Irish Freedom Committee (NIFC) commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising on Sunday April 24, 2016 at Rory Dolan’s restaurant in Yonkers, New York.

The focus of the commemoration was the reading of the names of the men and women of 1916 depicted on the recently completed 1916–Easter Rising Centennial – 2016 banner.

The Centennial Banner Project is intended to honor those patriots who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising in pursuit of a Gaelic, inclusive, gender-equal, and sovereign 32-county Irish Republic.

The duration of the project will span a period of five years from 2016 thru 2021, a period that corresponds to a similar period a hundred years ago when the brave men and women of 1916 through 1921 took on the might of the British Empire to wrest control of their native land, Ireland, from its’ clutches. Suffice to say that struggle was betrayed by the gombeen men who supported the infamous British drafted Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921.   

The Sponsorship Program

To encourage participation in this project, the NIFC will offer individuals and groups the opportunity to sponsor a Volunteer whose name appears on the Banner. Each sponsorship will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation.  A copy of each sponsorship certificate will be included in a leather-bound book which will be on view wherever the banner is displayed.

Sponsorship Requirements are included in the Centennial Banner Information Pack.

Disbursement of funds will go to, 1) cover the cost of the banner, 2) support the dependents of political prisoners through Cabhair in Ireland, and 3) promote the Irish authored Éıre Nua federal proposals.

International Participation

International based organizations wishing to participate in this Centennial Commemoration will be asked to provide video of their members reading the names of the patriotic volunteer men and women shown on the banner. These videos will be projected on a large screen during the above described commemoration in New York.  Detailed requirements will be sent to participating organizations.  

Sponsorship funds originating outside the Unites States will be handled by the participating organizations

Contact Information

For additional information email: 1916easterbanner@gmail.com

For updated information visit:  www.irishfreedom.net

or visit facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/banner1916/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel 

or write: NIFC, PO. Box358, Bronx NY10470


Historic Background

Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta has designed an ‘Easter Rising Centennial Banner’ to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916 and honor the brave patriots who gave their lives for the Irish Republic proclaimed by Pádraıc Pearse on the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin on April 24, 1916 at the onset of the Rising.

The men and women who took up arms and manned the garrisons throughout Dublin during that fateful week did so willingly and in full knowledge of the cause and subsequent consequence of their participation as exemplified in the following excerpt taken from the body of the Proclamation:

In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms.  Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.

The Centennial Banner includes portraits of the seven executed Proclamation signatories and the nine other executed leaders who took part in the Rising or in its planning or preparation. The Banner also includes the names of the volunteers who gave their lives as well as the organizations that participated.

Unfortunately the promise of 1916, a Gaelic, inclusive, gender-equal and sovereign 32-county Irish Republic, remains unfulfilled.  The claim by proponents of the British-drafted Treaty of 1921 or the British-drafted “Good Friday Agreement” of 1998 fulfills the promise of 1916, is untrue, sinister and self-serving. The partition of Ireland into two sectarian entities by an Act of the English Parliament in 1920 and subsequently incorporated into the aforementioned British-drafted Treaty of 1921 and Good Friday Agreement of 1998 belies such a claim. 

The sundering of the all-Ireland Republic proclaimed in 1916, declared and instituted by Dail Eireann in 1919 and functioned as a sovereign Republic through 1921, was brought about by the cowardice, acquiescence and greed of third-tier political opportunists donning the Irish Republican mantle as subterfuge.

Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta, in keeping with its guiding principles, will continue to pursue the all-Ireland Republic epitomized so eloquently by Pádraıc Pearse at the grave of O’Donovan Rossa in August 1915 with these words:

“And we know only one definition of freedom: it is Tone’s definition, it is Mitchel’s definition, it is Rossa’s definition. Let no man blaspheme the cause that the dead generations of Ireland served by giving it any other name and definition than their name and their definition”.


Sponsorship Instructions

In order to ensure that the names of all the Volunteers shown on the Centennial Banner are chosen, we suggest that a Sponsor(s) submit at least three names from the list provided in this package indicating their first, second and third preference.  If their preferences are already taken the Sponsor will be contacted and asked to select a volunteer not yet selected.

·        The names on the Centennial Banner are shown on the attached list.

·        Sponsorship fee is $500.00 that can be paid in increments of $100.00 over a five year period through 2021. 

·        A Sponsorship may consist of one to five individuals.  A deposit of $100.00 is required in order to process a request.  

·        A sponsorship consisting of one individual who pays the sponsorship fee in full will be allowed to select one of the Executed Leaders while their names are available.   

·        A sponsorship consisting of more than one individual will be considered a group sponsorship.  Each group must select a member who will be responsible for ensuring that the fee is paid in full within the allotted time period.

·        A copy of a Certificate of Sponsorship will be awarded to each Sponsorship upon receipt of the final payment. The original certificate will be placed in a leather bound book and placed in the care of a responsible institution.

·        The certificate will include the name and photo (if available) of the Volunteer selected with a short tribute in the form of a short biography or a poem. The tribute will be provided by the sponsor.

·        The name of the sponsor(s) will also be shown on the certificate.

Proceeds from this project will be distributed as follows;

·        To cover all costs -- relating to the production, promotion and implementation of the Centennial Banner project.

·        To fulfill the promise of the 32- county Irish Republic of 1916 through the Eire Nua Program. -- Eire Nua (New Ireland) is a comprehensive Irish proposal for a just and lasting peace in Ireland in the context of a British withdrawal. It provides for a new all-Ireland constitution incorporating provisions for a Bill of Rights, New Government Structures, Separation of Church and State and an Independent Judiciary.

·         To Support Republican Prisoner Dependents through Cabhair Cabhair is a charitable organization that has been in existence for many years in Ireland supporting the dependents of true Republican prisoners and ensnared political activists throughout Ireland -- north and south of the border.

Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta will continue to support, through Cabhair, the dependents of those brave Republican prisoners who strive to reconstitute the 32-county Irish Republic proclaimed in 1916, declared and instituted in 1919 and functioned as a sovereign Republic through 1921


Sponsorship Application

 Applicant’s Name:

Postal Address:

 

Email Address:

 

Sponsorship Type:

  Individual                      Group                    Number in group

No. 1 Sponsor (primary):

No.2  Sponsor

No. 3 Sponsor

No. 4 Sponsor

No. 5 Sponsor

 Sponsorship Fee:   $500.00  (minimum of $100.00 required with application)

Payment Method:                   Lump Sum                                    No. of Payments   Amount enclosed: ______

Make checks payable to:  NIFC and send to: NIFC, P.O. Box 358, Bronx, NY 10470

Name of Volunteers Selected:           

No. 1 Selection

No.2  Selection

No. 3 Selection

Certificate Copy   (refer to attached certificate for guidance)

Text Box:  
Text Box:  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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