President Michael D Higgins, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and Minister for Justice Equality and Defence Alan Shatter TD., attended the ceremony to mark the 97th anniversary of the Easter Rising at the GPO on Easter Sunday 31 March 2012. Also in attendance was Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
President Higgins led the ceremony in which Defence Forces personnel, including a brass band and representatives of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Services also took part. President Higgins laid a wreath to commemorate those who died in 1916, after which a minute’s silence was observed.
The ceremony concluded with a flypast by members of the Air Corps.
The ceremony was well attended by members of the public. Large video screens were erected on either side of the GPO to relay the ceremony to the public.
To watch the RTE report on the 2013 commemorations of the Easter Rising, click here.
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.
Explore the BBC’s online exhibition on the Easter Rising.
Photos of the Event – Click to View