8 April 2013: Easter Rising commemoration, Glasnevin Cemetery

On 8 April 2013 a commemorative event was held at Glasnevin Cemetery to mark the 97th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The centrepiece was the raising of the tricolour at 9:30am on Easter Sunday morning by a colour party from the Eastern Command of the Irish Army, Óglaigh na hÉireann, and the playing of the national anthem by a lone piper (also from Eastern Command) in the main courtyard of Glasnevin Cemetery.


For the first time ever, the ceremony was attended by the British Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Dominick Chilcott. The state was represented by Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The ceremony honoured the creators of the national flag (Edward Hollywood (1814-1873)) and national anthem (Peadar Kearney (1883-1942)) who are both interred in Glasnevin Cemetery. The wider programme of events at Glasnevin also included tours of the cemetery based around the theme of the Easter Rising, conducted by resident historian Shane MacThomais, and re-enactments of Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell’s eyewitness account of the surrender of the 1916 Rebellion.


For information on the Glasnevin Trust, click here.


From History Ireland: The soldiers song/Amhrán na bhFiann.


Explore the National Museum of Ireland’s online exhibition on the Easter Rising. 


Explore the National Library of Ireland’s online exhibition on the Easter Rising: The 1916 Rising: Personalities & perspectives.


Browse History Ireland’s 2006 special issue, published on the ninetieth anniversary of the Easter Rising:


From BBC History: Fearghal McGarry on the Easter Rising. 


Photos of the Event – Click to View

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