Whole weekend of 1916 events planned

The main 1916 centenary celebrations kick off on Saturday with events happening right across the weekend.


State ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance and a State event for 1916 relatives of participants and keynote address by President Michael D Higgins.


Wreath-laying ceremonies at Glasnevin Cemetery and State ceremonial event at the Stone Breakers Yard in Kilmainham. Easter Centenary Parade over a 4.5km route across the city centre. State ceremonial at 12pm at the GPO, where the Presi will lay a wreath.


RTÉ Reflecting the Rising will include more than 500 free talks, exhibitions, debates, film, performances and dramatisations across Dublin city. Events will take place in four main zones:

Zone 1: St Stephen’s Green and Earlsfort Terrace

The Dublin Gospel Choir and others perform; Food and craft fair; Céilí Mór.

Zone 2: Merrion Square and Lower Fitzwilliam Street

Main stage with Lisa O’Neill, Kíla, Mick Flannery, The Academic; Vintage cars, motorbikes, buses and a steam engine exhibition; Children’s Play Day.

Zone 3: O’Connell Street

Main Stage Sharon Shannon, The High Kings, The Celtic Tenors, Eleanor Shanley; Photographic and installation exhibition; Joe Duffy broadcasting live on RTÉ Radio 1 from 1.30pm.

Zone 4: Smithfield Square and the Fruit Market area

Vintage Tram stage with Aonghus McAnally hosting a variety of performances; Children’s storytelling; City Public Libraries’ Learning Buses; On-street activities including old- fashioned children’s games.

Wreath-laying ceremonies at seven 1916 garrison locations around Dublin.

There will also be four wreath-layings in Athenry, Co Galway, Cork, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and Ashbourne, Co Meath.

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