The 1916 commemoration programme of events gets underway in Kerry this evening. Over the next month, Kerry County Council will, in association with local community groups and historical associations, host a variety of events, in recognition of the role Kerry played in the 1916 Rising. A book on the Good Friday 1916 Ballykissane Tragedy by local historian Tom Doyle, will be launched tonight at St Michael’s Church Hall in Killorglin, while tomorrow at 11am a walk takes place from Banna Strand to the Roger Casement Memorial and on to McKenna’s Fort. Friday will see the dedication of Wall of Remembrance in Killorglin to those who drowned at Ballykissane Pier on Good Friday at 4.30pm. The monument is near the church on the New Line Road and features the names of the first casualties of the Rising, those of Con Keating, Daniel Sheehan and Charlie Monaghan. On Saturday morning a public symposium on Kerry from 1914-1923, moderated by political correspondent Michael O’Regan, takes place at the CYMS Hall from 9.30, before a flagpole ceremony and re-enactment of the surrender of Irish Volunteers in Killorglin at 11am.