Easter Rising wall unveiled at Glasnevin Cemetery

The wall has come in for some criticism

via LensMan

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An interfaith ceremony to remember all those killed in the Easter Rising took place at Glasnevin Cemetery today.

A remembrance wall - that names 488 people buried in the graveyard - was unveiled by children from local schools.

It bears the names of Irish and British people - civilian and military - who were killed in the rebellion and are buried at the iconic graveyard.

There's been some controversy over the inclusion of the names of British soldiers, with criticism from the 1916 Relatives Committee and some Republicans.

The Glasnevin Trust says it hopes the memorial will give visitors an insight into the impact the 1916 rising had.

John Green Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust says the wall simply reflects the events of the rising: "When you come in and you look at the wall you will see the numbers increasing as the week goes on. We hope that it will encourage people to remember and reflect on this period.

“There's no judgement, no hierarchy on this wall. It essentially views people through the human prism. So we believe this wall informs people of what actually happened but we also add that it's up to each visitor to take from the wall what they wish,” Mr Green said.

Meanwhile a Grand Niece of Michael Collins, former Justice Minister Nora Owen says she believes the memorial is appropriate.

Ms Owen says while she recognises some people have difficulty with naming British soldiers on it - it's not unusual to recognise all lives lost in conflict memorials.

"These people did die in Ireland and a lot of them were Irish people and in most memorials when you go around the world and look at them you see a mixture of names from all sides," the former minister said.