Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.00 21 Apr 2019


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A ceremony to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising has taken place outside the GPO in Dublin city centre.

The event on O'Connell Street was led by the President Michael D Higgins, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe.

Defence Forces personnel also took part in the ceremony.

A brass band, a pipe band and representatives of the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service were also in attendance.

At noon, the Tricolour on top of the GPO was lowered and the 1916 Proclamation was read by Captain Paul Conlon from the Defence Forces.

1916 Rising Defence Forces Captain Paul Conlon with his son Cenan (3), after reading out the 1916 Proclamation outside the GPO on O'Connell Street in Dublin | Image: Sam Boal /Rollingnews.ie

President Higgins then laid a wreath, to commemorate those who died and a minute's silence was observed.

Members of the public also attended the ceremony, with public viewing areas having been set up outside the GPO.

Large video screens were erected on either side of the GPO.

The event concluded with a fly past by the Air Corps.

1916 Rising Irish Air Corps fly over as members of the Defence Forces, Navy and Air Corps as well as Government officials, attended the annual anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising outside the GPO on O'Connell Street, Dublin | Image: Sam Boal /Rollingnews.ie

1916 Rising Image via @ArtOLeary on Twitter

Meanwhile, Culture Minister Josepha Madigan led the annual Easter Rising commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery.

The ceremony also remembered creator of the Tricolour, Edward Hollywood, and 'Amhrán na bhFiann' composer Peadar Kearney.

The Chargé d'Affaires at the British embassy in Dublin, Catherine Page, also laid a wreath to remember all the victims of the Easter Rising.


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