There’s a great range of 1916 Commemoration events being organised on the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend for all the family!
These commemorations, including parades and public activities throughout Ireland, are expected to attract up to a million people, with a State Ceremonial Parade in Dublin City Centre on Easter Sunday and RTÉ presenting “Reflecting the Rising”, the biggest public history event that has ever been staged in this country, on Easter Monday.
Note that there will be a large number of city centre road closures, throughout Dublin in particular, over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend so best to book an NRC Taxi or use public transport over the weekend!
The main Easter Sunday State Commemoration Ceremony and Parade to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising with a reading of the 1916 Proclamation will take place on Easter Sunday 27th March 2016
The State Ceremonial event takes place at the GPO on O’Connell Street. The parade will start at St. Stephen’s Green, via Cuffe Street, Kevin Street, Patrick Street, Thomas Street, Parliament Street, Dame Street, Westmoreland Street, past the GPO on O’Connell Street, North Frederick Street, Dorset Street and finish on Bolton Street.
The parade begins at St. Stephen’s Green at 10am, pausing for the wreath-laying ceremony at the GPO at noon, and concluding at Bolton Street at approximately 3pm.
RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising – Monday 28th March
RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising is a large-scale multi-location public event that will take place in Dublin on Easter Monday 2016, with hundreds of talks, walking tours, music, dance, street art and street theatre.
Events happening outside of Easter weekend
GPO Witness History
The GPO really symbolises 1916 like no other! A new state-of-the-art audio-visual facility incorporating the iconic post office courtyard will be opened on March 29th!
You will experience the events of 1916 from eyewitness perspectives on both sides, with a host of electronic touch screens, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artifacts – sounds like fun! Cost €10/€5; gpowitnesshistory.ie.
Collins Barracks Museum
You’ll get to see the real artifacts from the 1916 Rising – Thomas Clarke’s razor, Patrick Pearse’s spectacles and a homemade bayonet are some of what’s on display at the National Museum’s ‘Proclaiming a Republic’ exhibition at Collins Barracks. Open from March 3, museum.ie; free.
Believe it or not Kilmainham Gaol is TripAdvisor’s top-rated attraction in Dublin at the moment! This is where the 14 leaders of the Rising were executed by firing squad. The gaol re-opens with a new visitor centre, bookshop and cafe on March 30.
Glasnevin Cemetery has information on all 485 people, mostly civilians, killed during the Rising. Don’t forget there’s a lot more to this world-class heritage attraction than the events of 1916 – from grim tales of grave-robbers to Daniel O’Connell’s soaring round tower, it’s a classic day out in Dublin.
glasnevintrust.ie; tour and museum from €7.20
Rise of the Rebels Bus Tour
You can travel back in time on the custom designed Rise of the Rebels bus fitted out as an under siege base of revolutionary action. Passengers are invited to “ride the revolution”, as two professional actors guide them past key sites in Dublin on a custom-designed bus fitted out as an under-siege base of revolutionary action.
1916 Freedom Tour
The is intended to give those on the hour long tour a real snapshot of what it was like to live during the bloody battles that were not only to shape the future of Dublin but the Irish Nation and beyond. The story of the conflict is told through the eyes of combatants fighting under the flags of both the Irish and British sides.
Some of the official events
Some of these events that are open to the public include:
- A remembrance ceremony for all those who died during the events of 1916 will be held in the Garden of Remembrance – 26th March 2016
The cultural event with music and poetry included, and will be attended by President Michael D. Higgins.
The event is open to the public but viewing will be restricted because of space limitations. There will be a large number of invited guests, predominantly relatives of the 78 Irish Volunteers who lost their lives in the Rising. They will be seated inside the Garden of Remembrance. Viewing areas with screens are available to members of the public outside the garden on Parnell Square North.
- On Easter Sunday morning there will be a three-part wreath-laying ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery – 27th March 2016
This is open to the public but due to restrictions on space a ticketing system will be in place. In addition to a small number of invited guests, approximately 800 tickets will be made available to the public. These tickets will be issued online by Glasnevin Cemetery on a first-come-first-served basis.
You can see the full year of plans for your county here http://www.ireland.ie/events/download-your-full- county-plan