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Ceremonies to mark 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising take place around the country

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
The GPO is at the centre of events today.
The GPO is at the centre of events today.

Ceremonies to mark the 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising have taken place around the country.

In Dublin a military ceremony to commemorate the 1916 Rising was staged on O' Connell Street, with the ceremony marking 99 years since Padraic Pearse read out the Proclamation of the Republic as he stood in front of the GPO on O’ Connell street, at the start of what would become known as the Easter Rising.

President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny,  Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, and Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke led proceedings, which will involved a prayer of remembrance and the laying of a wreath.

Members of the Defence Forces then paraded through the city in the centrepiece event marking the 99th anniversary of the Rising.

The parade went from Dublin Castle to the GPO, where the tricolour will be lowered and President Michael D Higgins will lay a wreath. A minute’s silence was also be observed to remember those who died in the Rising.

Wreaths have also been laid by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, and British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott at Glasnevin Cemetery.

It was followed by a minute’s silence in memory of all those who served during Easter week 1916.

CEO of Glasnevin cemetery George McCullagh said several countries are represented at the event – the French ambassador because of their connection to the tricolour, and the British ambassador because of the history between the two countries.