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Teenager arrested as Remembrance Wall unveiled at Glasnevin Cemetery

The memorial wall has faced some criticism.

Updated 1pm.

A REMEMBRANCE WALL showing the names of all those who died during the Easter Rising has been unveiled at Glasnevin Cemetery.

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The memorial wall has faced criticism as some believe that it’s inappropriate for British soldiers to be named alongside revolutionary fighters.

The names are displayed in alphabetical order, regardless of whether they were British or Irish or civilian or military.

There was a protest outside the cemetery during proceedings and a teenager was arrested for a public order offence at around 11.25am.  He was taken to Mountjoy Garda Station.

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The Remembrance Wall was unveiled by children from local schools and the Taoiseach lay a wreath at the event.

James Connolly Heron, whose grandfather was James Connolly, says the wall is part of an agenda of sanitisation of the Rising.

It’s an aberration. It ignores the fact that all didn’t die, some were executed. We’re ending up with a wall dedicated to British army because there were more of them killed than Irish volunteers.

Reconciliation 

The chairman of the Glasnevin Trust, John Green, said, “This Necrology Wall is a way of remembering and of addressing the context of actions by all sides during that tumultuous period.

Our aspiration is that it would be seen as a paving stone along the lengthy and, at times winding, pathway to permanent peace and reconciliation on our Island.

“Central to that remembrance is the fact that 488 people lost their lives as a result of the 1916 Rising.

  • 55% were civilians, 40 of whom were children.
  • 29% British soldiers or police, 57 of whom, in turn, were Irish-born.
  • 16% were members of the Irish Volunteers or the Irish Citizen Army

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Behind each and every one of these lost lives, lies a story of heartbreak, no matter what side the person was on or indeed for the people innocently caught up in the conflict.

“One hundred years on, we believe this is a memorial which reflects the time in which we live, with the vast majority of Irish people wishing to live in a state of reconciliation, but it is for each person who visits to take from the wall what they wish.”

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An interfaith service was held at the cemetery adjacent to the graves of Irish leaders.

Read: “It’s an aberration”: A memorial to British soldiers killed in the Rising to be unveiled>

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