In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising, the 2016 Cultural Village showcased facts and information relating to this important component of Irish history.
The Easter Rising was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798, and the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period.
2016 Cultural Village presentations included a variety of presenters, demonstrations and Easter Rising commemorations. An Easter Rising Memorial honored those who participated in the Rising. Local Irish non-profit organizations honored the significance of their organizations relating to the Easter Rising. Other attractions also included the Rocky Mountain Wolfhound Association, Irish genealogy support from WISE (Wales, Irish, Scotland, England Family Search Society), and the Irish county flag display.
Cultural Village Presentation Schedules
Friday, July 8th
|Friday, July 8th|
|5:00 PM||Easter Rising Video|
Saturday, July 9th
|Saturday, July 9th|
|10:30 AM||Irish Genealogy & DNA||Deena Coutant|
|11:30 AM||The San Patricios||Geri Lawson|
|12:15 PM||Who’s in My Tree? (Children’s Program)||Marylee Hagen|
|1:00 PM||Basic Irish Phrases||Dermot Healy|
|1:30 PM – 4:30 PM||Pipe Band Competition|
|4:30 PM||Irish Street Slang||Dermot Healy|
|5:00 PM||Easter Rising Video and Poetry Reading||John Aylward & Kathleen O’Shea|
|5:30 PM||Irish Trivia – Win Food/Beverage Tickets!||Kathleen O’Shea|
Sunday, July 10th
|Sunday, July 10th|
|10:30 AM||Irish Genealogy & DNA||Deena Coutant|
|11:15 AM||The San Patricios||Geri Lawson|
|12:00 PM||Who’s in My Tree? (Children’s Program)||Marylee Hagen|
|12:45 PM||Basic Irish Phrases||Dermot Healy|
|1:30 PM||Colorado Irish and the Easter Rising||Dennis Gallagher|
|2:00 PM||The Leadville Irish & History of Irish-American Culture in Colorado||James Walsh|
|2:30 PM||Easter Rising Video and Poetry Reading||John Aylward & Kathleen O’Shea|
|3:00 PM||Irish Trivia – Win Food/Beverage Tickets!||Kathleen O’Shea|
2016 Cultural Village Presenters
Deena Coutant is passionate about creating family legacies that connect the past, present and future generations, through stories, photos, research or by uncovering the DNA of those ancestors who were previously lost to history. As a full-time professional researcher, genetic genealogist and photo organizer, she provides strategies to help her clients successfully discover, celebrate, share and properly preserve their families’ memories-leveraging modern technology to bring them from the obsolescence of the past into the digital age.
Denver native Dennis Gallagher, is son of Ellen Flaherty Gallagher and William Gallagher, a Denver firefighter. Dennis served 24 years in the Colorado Legislature and eight years on city council. He co-authored Images of America – Irish Denver which showcases the very first Irish in Denver who came as miners, railroad workers, soldiers and domestic servants.
Marylee Hagen has a B.A. & M.A. in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been doing genealogy research for 20 years and is a member of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies Speaker’s Bureau. She is the Past Ireland Representative for W.I.S.E (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England) Family History Society. Marylee has traveled and researched in IRELAND and found her mother’s living relatives in Tralee Kerry Ireland.
Originally from a small town in County Galway (West of Ireland), Dermot Healy has been in the US for over 20 years – 15 in Upstate New York and since 2010 in the Denver-area. He has been active in the Irish-American community and has provided Irish language and cultural instruction over his years in the US. He is board member of the Irish Network Colorado and is an engineer by education. He travels back to Ireland frequently to see family and friends. He is married to Kristy and has two sons, Patrick and Conor.
Having grown up Chicana in the border town of Laredo, Texas, professional story teller and expert on the San Patricios, Geraldina ‘Geri’ Lawson will share her talents and expertise with presentations in the Cultural Village.
St. Patrick’s Day is very special in Mexico because it is a time when Mexicans remember the San Patricios, or the Battalion of St. Patrick. One of the least-known stories of the Irish who came to America in the 1840s is that of this Irish battalion that fought on the Mexican side in the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-1848. They came to Mexico and died, some gloriously in combat, others ignominiously on the gallows. United under a green banner, they participated in all the major battles of the war and were cited for bravery by General López de Santa Anna, Mexico’s commander-in-chief and president.
At the penultimate battle of the war, these Irishmen fought until their ammunition was exhausted and even then tore down the white flag that was raised by their Mexican comrades in arms, preferring to struggle on with bayonets until finally being overwhelmed. Despite their brave resistance, however, 85 of the Irish battalion were captured and sentenced to bizarre tortures and deaths at the hands of the Americans, resulting in what is considered even today as the “largest hanging affair in North America.”
James Walsh is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Dept. at the University of Colorado Denver, where he has taught for the past 18 years. He specializes in Irish-American, Labor, and Immigration history and politics. Walsh is the co-author of Irish Denver and several articles about Irish miners in 19th century Leadville. He is also the founder of the Romero Theater Troupe, an all-volunteer community organic theater troupe that preserves unknown stories of human rights struggles in Colorado.
2016 Cultural Village Organizations & Their Displays
Ancient Order of Hibernians – Michael Collins Division:
This organization will utilize visual displays, including historic newspapers and photographs from the week the of the April 24, 1916 Rising. They display a copy of the Proclamation that was read at the General Post Office on the first day. There will be copies of a reading list about the event.
Colorado Emerald Society:
“Americay” was the green fields for the Irish diaspora. They fled prejudice, intolerance, hunger, jail and death. By 1916, the year of the Easter Rising, 40 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry. Many of these Irish Americans worked for low wages and hazardous duty as policemen and firemen, but when asked to financially support the Uprising they did so without complaining. The American sons and daughters of Irish born policemen and firemen have continued the tradition of the Irish in public safety and recognize the sacrifices made for the Irish Free State to exist, and their forefathers contributions to the cause. This organization will showcase these public service efforts.
Learn how Gaelic sports and hurling got their start.
Irish Network Colorado
Irish Network Colorado (IN-Colorado) is a business network that connects Irish expatriates, Irish-Americans and friends of Ireland. Our mission is to provide a forum for social, business, and professional networking for our members and to strengthen economic, social, and cultural ties between Irish and American businesses in Colorado and more broadly between the U.S. and Ireland.
Kennedy Society of North America
This historical organization showcases the Celtic peoples, particularly the Scots, Scots-Irish, and the Irish Kennedys and their descendants who came to America.
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians:
The LAOH have chosen to honor the Women of the Rising. They will honor and celebrate the women whom were crucial to the 1916 events in Ireland working toward Irish freedom from the British. Their booth will provide education and information related to the women of the Easter Rising of 1916.
Rocky Mountain Wolfhound Association
Of great size and commanding appearance, the Irish Wolfhound dog is definitely a unique breed. Learn about their history, their temperament and how they have come to be a modern day family pet.
W.I.S.E. – Irish Genealogy
Volunteer Irish genealogists from WISE (Wales, Irish, Scotland, England Family Search Society) will be on-site to answer your questions about your Irish roots. They will have family location maps and surname displays available.