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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 101st Anniversary of the 1916 Rising, Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017

A ceremony to mark the 101st Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising took place outside the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin at 12 noon.

The Ceremony was led by the President Michael D Higgins, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, 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 Aer Corps and the Navel Service took part in the Ceremony, which concluded with an Air Corps fly past.

At noon the National Flag was lowered and the 1916 Proclamation was read by an Officer from the Defence Forces. The President laid a wreath to commemorate those who died in 1916, which was followed by a minute’s silence.

The ceremony was open to the public.


1916 Commemoration at Arbour Hill 

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


National Day of Commemoration


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 in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin on the Sunday closest to the 11th July, the date on which, in 1921, the Anglo-Irish Truce was agreed. 


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. 


National Famine Commemoration, Ballingarry, Co Tipperary – 30th September 2017


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


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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