Gallery: 1916 commemorations begins with ceremony at Garden of Remembrance
ONE of the key commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising centenary has taken place with President Michael D Higgins honouring all those who fought and died for Irish freedom.
The weekend of celebrations began at midday with the President laying a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square in central Dublin to mark the sacrifices of patriot dead.
It is one in a series of special events taking place over the next three days to remember the rebellion.
In the Garden of Remembrance, the site where the Irish Volunteers was founded, an invited audience including Defence Forces' veterans, politicians and descendants of the rebels heard poetry, music and prayer to mark the occasion.
The Island of Ireland Peace Choir, formed as a symbol of reconciliation after the 1998 Real IRA Omagh bombing performed the traditional Irish song The Parting Glass at the event.
Muriel McAuley, granddaughter of rebel leader Thomas Mac Donagh, read an extract of evidence given by rebel leader Patrick Pearse at his court martial.
Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny also attended with the ceremony brought to an end by a minute's silence, the playing of the Last Post and Amhran na bhFiann and the hoisting of the Tricolour.