Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD, was joined by Ms Catherine Page, Political Counsellor, British Embassy Dublin; Ambassador Stéphane Crouzat on behalf of the French Embassy in Ireland; members of the Irish Defence Forces; and Chairman of Glasnevin Trust, John Green, this morning to begin the nationwide day of remembrance to all those who died on Easter week in 1916. Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the Easter Rising.
The event was marked by a number of ceremonial events including the raising of the tricolour over the Sigerson Monument. Wreath laying ceremonies also took place at the Sigerson Monument, the grave of Edward Hollywood (the man who delivered the first tricolour flag to Ireland from France) and Peadar Kearney (composer of Ireland's national anthem).
Commenting on the remembrance ceremony was Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan:
"Over the past 187 years, people have gathered here in Glasnevin Cemetery to mark the passing of one and a half million individuals. The Cemetery has been a place for solemn and significant occasions, commemorations and the burial place of key persons in Irish History. The sacrifice of those who died for Irish freedom is acknowledged and perhaps better understood today and the legacy of 1916, has passed on to new generations and informed and guided our path to independence and the first 100 years of the latest chapter in Ireland's history."
The centrepiece of the Easter events at Glasnevin was the raising of the tricolour at 9:40a.m. by members of the Irish Defence Forces and the playing of the national anthem by a lone piper in the main courtyard of Glasnevin Cemetery.
The Easter Sunday ceremony was also in honour of the creators of the tricolour, Edward Hollywood (1814-1873), and National Anthem composer, Peadar Kearney (1883-1942). Wreaths were laid at their graves along with a lone piper's lament which was followed by the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann by relative of Peader Kearney, Ciara Considine.
Speaking at the commemoration, John Green, Chairman of Glasnevin Trust said:
"As we stand at this memorial to the fallen of 1916, we remember them. We remember their ideals and convictions were shaped by those who went before. It is hugely important that we continue to remember the young men and women who perished Easter week 1916. Days of remembrance like these at Glasnevin Cemetery, where so many men and women of the Easter Rising of 1916 are buried, allow us the chance to reflect on our history as a nation. It's a privilege for us to honour both those who lost their lives in 1916, as well as the Irish citizens that contributed in different ways like Peader Kearney and Edward Hollywood".
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