The Easter Rising to be commemorated by a military ceremony in O'Connell Street
The Easter Rising will be commemorated by a military ceremony in O'Connell Street in Dublin today.
The ceremony, which will be led by President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, will involve prayers of remembrance, a reading of the Proclamation, and the laying of a wreath by the President.
The ceremony will be covered live on rte.ie/news and RTÉ News Now.
In Glasnevin Cemetery commemorations to honour those who died during Easter Week 1916 have been held.
Ceremonial events took place which included the laying of wreaths at the Sigerson Monument and the graves of Edward Hollywood, the man who delivered the first tricolour flag to Ireland, and Peadar Kearney, the composer of Ireland’s first national anthem.
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys was joined by representatives of the British Ambassador, members of the Irish Defence forces and the chairman of Glasnevin Trust, John Green, this morning to begin the nationwide day of remembrance.
Humphreys said that the centenary celebrated last year has opened the minds of many Irish people to a deep history they did not know existed.
“Never in the history of our State have so many of our citizens been involved in shared historical and cultural initiatives. We didn’t just embrace our history, we thoroughly explored and interrogated it,” she said.