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State Commemorations


The Government is committed to respecting all traditions on this island equally. It recognises that developing a greater understanding of our shared history, in all its diversity, is essential to developing greater understanding and building a shared future.

Commemoration to mark the Anniversary of the 1916 Rising, Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018

A ceremony to mark the Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising is held annually outside the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin on Easter Sunday. The Ceremony is led by the President, Michael D. Higgins, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., and the Minister of State 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 take part in the Ceremony, which concludes with an Air Corps fly past. At noon the National Flag is lowered and the 1916 Proclamation is read by an Officer from the Defence Forces. The President lays a wreath to commemorate those who died in 1916, which is followed by a minute’s silence.

The ceremony is open to the public.

1916 Commemoration at Arbour Hill – 9th May 2018

For further information please contact the Department of Defence who are responsible for organising this event.

National Famine Commemoration - 12th May 2018, University College Cork

For further information please contact the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht who are responsible for organising this event.

National Day of Commemoration – 8th July 2018, Collins Barracks

The National Day of Commemoration Ceremony is a multi-faith service of prayer and military ceremony commemorating all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. It is held annually on the Sunday closest to the 11th July, the date on which, in 1921, the Anglo-Irish Truce was agreed. This year the Ceremony will take place in Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 7.

During the ceremony the President lays a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland. Other invited guests include members of the Government, Council of State, elected Representatives, Diplomatic Corps, Judiciary, relatives of 1916 participants and a large number of Veterans' Organisations.

The ceremony, which is held outdoors, is also open to the public.

Centenary Celebrations - 2016

The State’s Programme for 2016 was launched in April 2015. Ireland 2016 was an ambitious and wide-ranging national commemorative initiative, embracing seven distinct programme strands each with an extensive programme of events: State Ceremonial, Historical Reflection, An Teanga Bheo, Youth and Imagination, Cultural Expression, Community Participation and Global and Diaspora.
Attached is a list of State Ceremonial events that took place during 2016. In addition to the State Ceremonial events each County had a series of events to mark the centenary year.

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