Parades commemorate Easter Rising

Published Sunday, 20 April 2014
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Events have taken place to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising.

Parades commemorate Easter Rising
The National Graves Association Easter commemoration event in Milltown Cemetery (© Pacemaker)

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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58 Comments
Sean in Birmingham wrote (94 days ago):
Geordie from Newcastle "I just happened to be on the falls road that day"......yeah suuuurrrrrrree......whatever bro....Thomas Cook special was it ?.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (94 days ago):
@ Alan in carrick. According to the latest census Belfast is a Nationalist city. I think it's you that needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Orange bands full of colours? You didn't mention how they like using their ceremonial swords on police when they don't get their own way. Or how much of a drain the wee caravan in twadell is? Would you not like that money to be used more wisely? Loyalist always got it their own way and now they aren't getting everything they call for. Throw the toys out of the pram. The OO could learn how to conduct themselves a bit like this there wouldn't be as much trouble.
Big Jimmy in Belfast wrote (95 days ago):
Sinn Fien are just like the workers party now , I class myself a republican I have the greatest respect for those who give their lives in 1916 . Sinn Fien are making to much money now , whatever happened to Ireland unfree shall never be at peace they should have put at the end of it , unless we are getting paid big money . Print this utv
Geordie from Newcastle in England wrote (95 days ago):
I just happened to be on the falls road that day,was a nice warm day and all the kids were dressed up in new clothes with their Easter baskets and looked as if they were enjoying themselves ,It was not like the July parade I see on T.V,were all the people are drunk and attacking our bobbys and bringing disgrace to our flag,you embarras us around the world!so fair play to the people on the falls,who take pride on the flag of Ireland.
martin in belfast wrote (95 days ago):
a great example of applying for a parade and adhering to the conditions that were imposed on it. Well done to all concerned, if only others could behave similarly.
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