Parades commemorate Easter Rising

Parades commemorate Easter Rising

Events have taken place to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising.

A series of parades have been organised across Northern Ireland.Hundreds of people turned out in west Belfast to watch a parade along the Falls Road to Milltown Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. It was organised by the National Graves Association.Meanwhile in Dublin the 98th anniversary of the Easter Rising was marked with a military ceremony outside the GPO on O'Connell Street on Sunday morning.Dignitaries including President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Justice Minister Alan Shatter attended the annual event.It involved prayers of remembrance, a reading of the Proclamation of Independence and the laying of a wreath by President Higgins, and concluded with a fly-past by the Air Corps.During the Irish President's historic first ever state visit to the UK earlier this month, The Queen delivered a speech in which she hinted that members of the Royal family may attend events in the Republic of Ireland to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore previously said Royals, the British Government and unionist leaders will be welcomed to the commemorations in two years' time.

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