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State Commemoration to mark the 101st Anniversary of the 1916 Rising, Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017

 

A Ceremony to mark the 101st Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising will take place outside the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin on Easter Sunday 16 April 2017 commencing at 12 noon. The Ceremony will be led by the President Michael D. Higgins, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. and the Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe T.D.

Defence Forces Personnel, including a brass band, a pipe band and representatives of the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service will take part in the Ceremony, which will (weather permitting) conclude with an Air Corps fly past. At noon the National Flag will be lowered and the 1916 Proclamation will be read by an Officer from the Defence Forces. The President will then lay a wreath to commemorate those who died in 1916. A minute’s silence will be observed.

Members of the public are invited to attend the Ceremony and should be in position in the public viewing areas outside the GPO by 11.30 a.m. These are located at the Clerys side of O’Connell Street and at the north and south ends of the G.P.O. Large video screens will also be erected on either side of the GPO to relay the Ceremony to the public and a Commemorative Programme will be distributed on the day.

If you require further details please contact Karl Boyle, Press Officer (085 877 5923, karl.boyle@taoiseach.gov.ie).

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