Protest greets unveiling of 'Remembrance Wall' in Dublin

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Pic by Colman O'Sullivan @colmanos
Pic by Colman O'Sullivan @colmanos

Protests have greeted the unveiling of a 'Remembrance Wall' showing the names of all those who died during the Easter Rising at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin today.

The memorial wall has attracted some controversy as it bears the names of all those who died in the rebellion 100 years ago, including Irish and British, military and civilian. 

The names are displayed chronologically without distinction between the different categories.

1916 Relatives groups and some republican groups have criticised the decision to remember British military forces alongside the dead rebels.

James Connolly Heron, whose grandfather was James Connolly, says the wall is part of an agenda of sanitisation of the Rising.

“It’s an aberration,” he said. “ It ignores the fact that all didn’t die, some were executed. We’re ending up with a wall dedicated to British army because there were more of them killed than Irish volunteers.”

Glasnevin Trust says it hopes that the wall will, by presenting the facts without comment or judgement, help a better understanding of history of the period emerge.

Scuffles broke out between protesters and gardaí as around 100 people – many displaying logos of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement – held a protest against the ceremony near the cemetery.

Protesters set fire to a Union Jack and one protester was arrested and taken to Mountjoy Garda station.


The wall was inspired by the International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette in France 

"This 'Ring of Remembrance', was inaugurated by the leaders of France, the United Kingdom and Germany," the official Ireland 2016 programme reads.

"It records in alphabetical order without any distinction of nationality, rank or religion the names of soldiers from all sides who lost their lives in the battlefields of Northern France during World War I," it added. 

Local schoolchildren will unveil the wall, while an interfaith service will also be held. 

The Taoiseach will  lay a wreath and an interfaith service is being held at the cemetery adjacent to the graves of Irish leaders.

Colman O'Sullivan