1916 Commemorations

By Emma Duffy

This weekend brings the highly anticipated centenary of the 1916 Rising, with numerous events taking place around the capital and across the country to mark the occasion. From ceremonies to concerts, there’s something for everyone.


Garden of Remembrance Ceremony – Saturday 26th March

A commemoration ceremony for those who died during the 1916 events will be held in the Garden of Remembrance. The cultural event will include music and poetry, the unveiling of a plaque and a wreath laying ceremony. President Michael D. Higgins will be in attendance.

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State Event for 1916 Relatives – Saturday 26th March

The relatives will lead the event, which will take place in the RDS. The event is not open to the public, attendance is based on invite only.


Easter Sunday Wreath Laying Ceremony – Sunday 27th March

A three part wreath laying ceremony will take place at Glasnevin Cemetery on Easter Sunday. The first wreath will be laid for all who served during Easter Week. The second will be laid at the grave of Edward Hollywood, the weaver of the first Tricolour and the final wreath will be laid at the grave of Peadar Kearney, who wrote the lyrics to our national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann. This ticketed event is open to the public.


Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade – Sunday 27th March

The ceremony is the main state event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The ceremony will begin with the proclamation being read at the GPO. The parade will be led by the Defence Forces and will begin after the ceremony at St. Stephen’s Green. This event is open to the public and is expected to attract a large crowd.


Easter Sunday Wreath Laying Ceremony– Sunday 27th March

A formal state wreath laying ceremony will take place at Kilmainham Gaol, where the 1916 leaders were executed. The event is confined to 35 guests and will begin at 10.30am, but will be broadcast live on RTE.


A Nation’s Voice – Sunday 27th March

This free concert, presented by the Arts Council and RTE will take place in Collins Barracks. Over one thousand voices or 31 choirs from around the country will join the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and this special performance will be broadcast live on RTE One and RTE Radio 1.



Easter Sunday State Reception – Sunday 27th March

The state reception will take place in Dublin Castle for relatives of those who took part in 1916 and others at the Taoiseach’s invitation.


RTE 1916: Reflecting the Rising – Monday 28th March

This is a large-scale multi-location public event that will take place on Easter Monday in Dublin. A number of free events catering for all ages, such as talks, music, dance and walking tours will take place around the city from 11am-6pm.


Easter Monday Wreath Laying Ceremony – Monday 28th March

Synchronised wreath-laying ceremonies will take place at six iconic Easter Rising locations- Boland’s Mill, Jacobs Factory, Dublin Castle, The Four Courts, Royal College of Surgeons, Moore Street and St. James’ Hospital. The wreaths will be laid at each location at 1.15 p.m., the time when the first shots of the Rising were fired.




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