Ireland marks Easter Rising centenary

17 MARCH, 2016

Throughout 2016, Eire will be marking the centenary of the Easter Rising, a critical episode in the series of events which led to the creation of an independent Irish Republic.

The skirmishes began on 24 April 1916, Easter Monday, and lasted for six days. Although the British overcame the uprising, it was the catalyst for a resurgence of support for a republic and brought the republican agenda to the forefront of Irish politics. In 1918, Sinn Fein defeated the British parties at the United Kingdom General Election, leading to the Irish Free State being formed.

Here is a selection of the events taking place to commemorate this decisive moment in Ireland’s history.

The Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square will host a remembrance ceremony. That same evening, the State will honour those who participated in the Rising, at RDS where there relatives will be joined by the President.

On  the morning of Easter Sunday, 27 March, a service at the RDS will begin with a Defence Forces officer who will read the 1916 Proclamation under the GPO portico, before the President lays a wreath on behalf of the Irish people. This will be followed by a minute’s silence for the people who lost their lives. After the national anthem has played and the national flag is raised to full mast, a parade led by the Defence Forces will begin at St Stephen’s Green will head to Parnell Square, ending with a flypast.

On Easter Monday, the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly will be honoured by a State ceremony at Liberty Hall, Dublin.

Earlier this month, Ireland’s National Museum has opened a 1916 exhibition at Collins Barracks, Dublin, on March 3rd, examining the events of Easter Week in detail. Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising, the exhibition explores the build up to uprising and the way it has shaped Dublin, its citizens and the wider nation.