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Thursday 29 September 2016

Rising relatives saddle up for ride through history

Blessing Dada, Brian Mulvany and Sean Long
Blessing Dada, Brian Mulvany and Sean Long

Vintage cars and bikes, replica cannon and horses towing old bread carts filled the streets as north Dublin paid tribute yesterday to the men and women of 1916.

Fingal and the surrounding areas played a vital role during the Rising 100 years ago.

Descendants of those who fought in the rising took part in a cycle retracing their relatives' steps before commemorations got under way in Swords.

Then, Rothaiocht na mBan, a group of female cyclists in period dress, rode past on High Nelly bikes before a special parade.

Joanne Moody, from Volunteer Ireland, was one of those to take to the saddle.

"This was their transport and they are very heavy," she said. "It's how they got around and how each battalion knew what was going on."

More people gathered in the park where an exhibition told the story of Fingal 100 years ago and the fight for Irish freedom.

Recycled

Children from Swords Youth Service in military uniforms re-enacted a scene from outside the GPO using three cannon they made from recycled materials.

"It's great to hear the new Irish kids talking about 1916 with European or African accents," said youth worker Ger Robertson.

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