The Eastlink Bridge: First signatory of the 1916 Proclamation remembered on the River

Tom Clarke, the first signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, was remembered this week when the East Link toll bridge across the River Liffey was named after him.

President Michael D. Higgins formally named the bridge on Tuesday, the centenary of Clarke’s execution. The bridge, one of the least attractive across the Liffey, is the last one before it flows into the sea and was built in 1984.

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Higgins unveiled a plaque and laid a wreath at the bridge. A Defense Forces color party was in attendance, and a Dublin Fire Brigade piper provided music for the event.

Thomas Clarke.

Thomas Clarke.

Centenary ceremonies were also held at Kilmainham Gaol to mark the executions of Clarke, Padraig Pearse, and Thomas MacDonagh.

Individual ceremonies to commemorate the executions of the 14 leaders of the Rising are taking place until May 12 at the Stonebreakers Yard in Kilmainham Gaol.

Trial documents relating to the charge against each accused man are read at each commemoration, as well as the plea that was entered, the verdict of the court and the witness statements provided.