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1916 Easter Rising commemorations take place in Dublin

Events were restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Updated Apr 4th 2021, 1:57 PM

EVENTS TO MARK the 105th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising have taken place in Dublin.

The annual commemoration began with a ceremonial ringing of the Peace Bell at Áras an Uachtaráin by President Michael D Higgins.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Defence Minister Simon Coveney and Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu also attended a prayer and a reading of the Proclamation from the GPO in O’Connell Street.

Both events were restricted and socially distanced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Captain Marie Carrigy from Co Longford stood on the steps of the GPO and read the Proclamation before the President was invited to lay a wreath at a group of 16 birch trees at Áras an Uachtaráin.

The trees were planted by the President and his wife Sabina in 2019 to give effect to a resolution by the first Dáil in 1919 that they should be planted in memory of those executed in 1916.

The laying of the wreath was followed by a minute’s silence to commemorate those who died in the Easter Rising. Those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic were also remembered.

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A rendition of the Last Post was then played at the GPO, before the national flag was raised at half-mast.

The GPO even also featured a military ceremony, music, prayers and a performance of the National Anthem by soprano Claudia Boyle.

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