This weekend marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, and numerous events, cultural happenings, and ceremonies commemorating the historic moment are being held in Dublin and across Ireland.
Here, we've highlighted just a few of the many events taking place over the Easter weekend:
Events scheduled for Easter Sunday include a formal State ceremony in Kilmainham Gaol’s Stone Breakers Yard, where the 1916 leaders were executed, a three-part wreath laying ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery, a reading of the 1916 proclamation under the GPO Portico by a Defence Forces officer, and a parade through Dublin.
A free concert, A Nation’s Voice, will be held in Collins Barracks, Dublin. The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and 31 chorus from all over Ireland will come together to present a major new orchestral and choral work composed by Shaun Davey and Paul Muldoon. The performance will be broadcast live on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1.
A formal State Reception at Dublin Castle will take place with guests invited by the Taoiseach — approximately 2,000 relatives of those who took part in the 1916 Rising and 1,000 other guests from across the spectrum of Irish life, including members of the diplomatic corps, public servants, members of the business and sporting communities and elected representatives.
RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising will take place in Dublin from 11am to 6pm. The multi-location public event will include hundreds of free talks, walking tours, music, dance, street art, street theatre, and moments of reflection and celebration over eight city center public zones.
Centenary, a special television event, will be broadcast live by RTÉ One rom the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Centenary. The cultural celebration will tell the story of modern Ireland through music, dance, and song. Artists confirmed for Centenary include Imelda May, Jack Lukeman, Gavin James, The High Kings, Colm Wilkinson, Danny O’Reilly, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, John Sheahan, Celine Byrne, and Seo Linn.
At 1:15 pm, the time when the first shots of the Rising were fired, wreaths will be laid at six iconic sites in Dublin associated with the Easter Rising. Wreaths will be laid at Boland's Mill; Jacobs Factory (now the National Archives); Dublin Castle/City Hall; The Four Courts; Royal College of Surgeons; Moore Street and St. James' Hospital.
Also, four cities outside of Dublin have been chosen to host formal State ceremonies to commemorate the centenary.
Synchronized wreath laying ceremonies will take place at 1:15pm in Athenry, Cork, Wexford and Meath.
In Athenry, Co Galway, the day will begin with a tree planting in the park followed by the formal State ceremony in which 5,000 people are expected, including the Galway men and women of 1916.
Centenary celebrations in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, will include a parade that will travel through the town center before converging on Abbey Square where the formal State Commemoration Ceremony will take place. There will be a reading of the Proclamation and the laying of a wreath at the Rafter Monument by a member of the Defence Forces.
Ashbourne, Co Meath’s commemoration will include the State ceremony as well as a reenactment of the Battle of Ashbourne at Rath Cross. The wreath-laying event will also include the unveiling of a memorial plaque.
The State Ceremonial Event in Cork City, Co Cork, will begin with a parade followed by the formal ceremony. Weather permitting, there will be an Air Corps Fly past and following the ceremonial event, a short performance of Irish music.
A formal State ceremony held at Liberty Hall and attended by President Michael D. Higgins will commemorate the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly. A wreath will be laid at the statue of James Connolly and the president will unveil a plaque dedicated to the members of the Irish Citizen Army who died during the Easter Rising.
GPO Witness History, a permanent immersive, interactive exhibition and visitor attraction, will open to the public on March 29. The self-guided tour puts you right inside the GPO during Easter Week in 1916 through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artifacts.
A new exhibition ‘Proclaiming a Republic’ has opened at The National Museum of Ireland to mark the 1916 Rising. The Easter Week Collection includes over 200 objects, some of which will be on display for the first time. The collection includes iconic objects such as the 1916 Proclamation and the flag of the Irish Republic, as well as many unique personal objects, such as Patrick Pearse’s spectacle and a homemade bayonet.
The Plough and the Stars, Sean O’Casey’s provocative drama set during the tumult of the Easter Rising, is playing at the Abbey Theatre until April 23. Following its run in Dublin, the play will go on tour in Ireland and North America.
For more information on events commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, go to http://www.ireland.ie/