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.