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Friday 9 December 2016

Thousands gather to pay tribute to 1916's dead

05/04/2015 Irish Volunteer Citizen Army march past the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell St. as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. Members of Sinn Fein were present. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
05/04/2015 Irish Volunteer Citizen Army march past the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell St. as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. Members of Sinn Fein were present. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
05/04/2015 Irish Volunteer Citizen Army march past the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell St. as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. Members of Sinn Fein were present. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
05/04/2015 Irish Volunteer Citizen Army march past the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell St. as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. Members of Sinn Fein were present. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
05/04/2015 Irish Volunteer Citizen Army march past the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell St. as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. Members of Sinn Fein were present. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
05/04/2015 Irish Volunteer Citizen Army march past the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell St. as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. Members of Sinn Fein were present. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath followed by a minute's silence for all those who died at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 Members of the Guard of Honour with Easter Lillies at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 Taoiseach Enda Kenny honours the Minute's silence for all those who died. Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 Lieutenant Kate Hanrahan holds the Proclamation at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 Irish Air Corps fly past the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 President Michael D Higgins inspects the Guard of Honour at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath followed by a minute's silence for all those who died at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 Presidential Guard of Honour get in place at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 Presidential Guard of Honour get in place at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 President Michael D Higgins observes a minute's silence for all those who died at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 Lieutenant Kate Hanrahan holds the Proclamation at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
5th April 2015 Presidential Guard of Honour get in place at the Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration Ceremony (99 year anniversary) at the GPO General Post Office, O'Connell St., Dublin with President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

RELATIVES of those who died in 1916 stood alongside politicians as - axe buried - they commemorated the 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising with solemn dignity. And no spats.

The military ceremony to commemorate the 1916 Rising on O'Connell Street was a bit of a dry run for next year's epic centenary and passed off without a hitch, with an impressive display of pomp.

Several thousand people, a good many of them tourists, lined O'Connell Street to watch it all unfold.

President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke attended the event which began with a band recital at the GPO.

The ceremony marked 99 years since Padraig Pearse stood in front of the GPO and read the Proclamation of the fledgling Irish Republic.

Almost a century later, his actions were echoed by Capt Kate Hanrahan from Newport, Co Mayo, as she read the Proclamation aloud.

Then President Higgins laid a wreath on behalf of the Irish people to commemorate all men, women and children who died during the Rising.

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Members of the 1916 Relatives Association said they believed more of the public had attended than in previous years and that there seemed to be more interest in the occasion.

James Connolly Herron, the great grandson of 1916 leader James Connolly, said it had been a good week, with the securing of the pivotal 1916 site at 16 Moore Street.

"We've moved a long way from 'Ireland Inspires'," he said, referring to the disastrous Government PR launch last November.

Tanaiste Joan Burton described the event as "incredibly moving" and said the ceremony allows for everyone to pause and reflect on the Rising.

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