The commemoration of the Easter uprising will take place on April 25 at Cole Parkway

Every year for several years, Scituate has held a commemoration of the Easter Uprising of 1916 – the largest uprising in Ireland since the Rebellion of 1798.

The Easter Rising commemorates a pivotal event in Irish history, said Scituate lawyer John Sullivan.

“Many Americans have supported this fight for freedom. They were a first, second or third generation who fled Ireland not because they wanted to, but because they had no choice. After 800 years of occupation by a foreign government, the Irish people have declared that they have had enough. They did not want a foreign government that did not have Ireland’s best interests at heart and looked down on the Irish people to rule over them.

This year’s event will take place at noon on Sunday April 25 at the Morrill Memorial Booth at Cole Parkway in Scituate Harbor.

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Keynote speakers will include the Irish Consul General, Laoise Moore; Former Massachusetts Hibernian Order President John Leahy; Jeremy Hales, professor of history at Plymouth North High School; and more.

“The South Rim is the perfect location for this course,” said Hales, who teaches Irish history at Plymouth North High School. “With so many people in this area having Irish ancestry, it seemed like a perfect fit. It is so important that children have a connection to their roots. “

Plymouth is one of the few school districts on the South Bank to teach Irish history to high school students.

When the Plymouth School District looked to add elective history classes to its curriculum, especially history outside the United States, as the district already had so many classes related to United States history, the idea of ​​an optional half-year course in Irish history was launched, Hales mentioned.

Hales, along with Kathleen Babini – who at the time was the Kindergarten to Grade 12 Social Studies Program Coordinator for Plymouth Public Schools and was very supportive, and Michael McGuinness at Plymouth South High School, spent this been to develop the course program.

“I think it’s important for students to have an understanding of world history,” said Babini, who is now the executive director of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. “In order for them to understand events, local, national or global, they need to have insight into what has happened in other places.”

As the granddaughter of Irish immigrants, Babini was drawn to an Irish history class at Stonehill College. She had the opportunity to visit Ireland and take courses there.

“Walking around Dublin and being able to visit Ireland and reflect on what happened where they took place makes the story so much more real,” she said.

Hales finds the story of the Easter Rising “inspiring,” he said.

“Knowing how unlucky they probably had to succeed and keep moving forward is a true reflection of the passion, fire and spirit of the Irish. They had a dream for an Irish Republic and they were ready to die for that dream. Many of them had families and children they had left behind. As a father of three myself, I don’t think I could have made this sacrifice.

Everyone is welcome. Masks and social distancing will be necessary.

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