At Milltown Cemetery in Belfast on Easter Sunday more than 100 Republicans marched to the Republican Plot behind a colour party and five flagbearers.
Leo Martin chaired the proceedings and wreaths were laid on behalf of Republican Sinn Féin, the Republican Movement and the Relatives Action Committee. Seán Grant was the Chief Marshall.
Veteran Republican Billy McKee recited a decade of the Rosary as Gaeilge and Laurence Donnelly read the 1916 Proclamation. Geraldine Taylor read the Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement and Ann Cross read a statement from the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail, which said they were “continuing the struggle from behind the wire for political status”. Former hunger striker and Republican prisoner Marian Price gave the oration.
An Easter commemoration function was held in the Glens of Antrim on Easter Tuesday evening. The 1916 Proclamation was read by Margaret Dobbin and a further message of greetings was read from the Maghaberry Republican prisoners by recently-released POW Brendan McClenaghan. The prisoners thanked those who attended and said that their “continuing support and solidarity is a pillar of support for us all.
“The British government are doing everything in their power to defeat and criminalise us. We assure our families, friends and supporters that they will never break us. They may cage our bodies, but never our spirits. The struggle goes on.”
Micheál Ó Duibhir of the Republican Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle also addressed the crowd at the function.
Republican Sinn Féin’s Easter commemoration at the Republican Plot in Armagh cemetery on Easter Sunday was a very dignified and respectful ceremony.
Paddy McKenna chaired the proceedings and began by delivering an apology on behalf of Des Cox who could not attend because of illness.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the McKearney/Corrigan Cumann Sinn Féin Poblachtach, the Republican prisoners and the Continuity Irish Republican Army.
Kevin Trainor read the 1916 Proclamation and Malachy Trainor read the statement from the Republican Leadership. A statement from the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry was also read out. All those on the local Roll of Honour were remembered. A minutes’ silence was observed and a decade of the Rosary in Irish was recited by Gearóid Mac Ghiolla Cheara.
Brendan McClenaghan, ex-POW and former blanket-man delivered a fitting oration and his speech was well received by the large crowd in attendance. He said that the men and women of 1916 did not give their lives so that future generations of Irish nationalists would accept British rule in Ireland, and he pointed to the murder of Rosemary Nelson as belying the notion that we have peace.
He concluded by saying that Republicans should continue to aim at “securing the free and independent Ireland, that our Irish nation so justly deserves.”
A wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Republican Plot, St Colman's Cemetery, Lurgan.
Easter ceremonies took place in Newry and Camloch on Easter Saturday. On Easter Sunday ceremonies were held at Dromintee and Killeen. Wreath-laying ceremonies also took place at Edentubber, Jonesboro, Mullaghabawn and Cullyhanna.
The fight for Irish freedom will continue until the bonds with Britain were broken, said Bundoran Councill Joe O’Neill, at Republican Sinn Féin’s Easter Commemoration in Cavan. The commemoration was held at the grave of Vol Patrick McManus in Killaduff Cemetery outside Swanlinbar.
Delivering the graveside oration, Joe O’Neill said that Patrick McManus and his comrades did not fight to gain a new Stormont nor to bring the island of Ireland back into the British Commonwealth. Those men, he said, had been fighting to break the British connection. Referring back to the 1916 Rising, Joe O’Neill said there were many parallels to be drawn as they were in the minority then just as they were today. “As long as we stick together we will rise again. We are not against peace, we want true peace and justice, a genuflecting peace can never last,” he said.
The main Derry commemoration took place in the city ceremony at 12 noon on Easter Sunday. Republicans gathered at the Cúchulainn Memorial where wreaths were laid in memory of all those who gave their lives in the county for the cause of Irish freedom. Seán Ó Sé, Dublin, gave the oration.
Wreath-laying ceremonies were also held on Easter Sunday at the Loup Cemetery at the grave of Brigadier Seán Larkin and at Dungiven at the graves of Vols Kealy, O’Carolan and Kilmartin and hunger striker Kevin Lynch.
A larger crowd than in recent years attended the County Donegal commem-oration at Drumboe on Easter Sunday. A three-man colour party carrying the National Flag led the parade from Johnson’s Corner, Stranorlar.
Councillor Joe O’Neill, Bundoran, chaired the ceremony at the Drumboe Memorial on the main street. MJ Begley, Fanad, led the crowd in a decade of the Rosary as Gaeilge and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Republican Movement, Drumboe Commemoration Committee, Republican Sinn Fein and Republican Prisoners.
Róisín Cullen, Bundoran, read the 1916 Proclamation and a member of Cumann na mBan read the Donegal and West Tyrone Roll of Honour. Michael McGonigle, Dungiven, read a statement from the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry.The Easter Statement was read by John McElhinney and the oration was delivered by John Joe McCusker, Fermanagh.
The Down commemoration of Easter 1916 took place at the grave of Comdt James Johnston in Aughlisnafin Cemetery, Castlewellan on Easter Sunday. Comdt Johnston, who came from the Castlewellan area, was killed by British Crown Forces in 1921.
The National Flag was carried throughout the ceremony, attended by about 20 people. Chairperson Danny Fitzpatrick read the Easter Statement from the Leadership. Marie Carlin read the Down Roll of Honour, which includes her husband Vol James Carlin who died on active service with Vol Martin Curran on August 26, 1972.
Veteran Republican James McClemand read the 1916 Proclamation. Marie Carlin laid a wreath on behalf of Republican Sinn Fein and Mary Quail laid a wreath on behalf of Veteran Republican Séamas Ó Caoil.
Monaghan Republicans assembled on Easter Sunday at Urbleshanny Cemetery, Scotstown at the grave of Volunteer Séamas McElwaine, killed by the SAS while on active service near the Border.
The 1916 Proclamation was read to the crowd of 150 by Hugh Moyna and the oration was delivered by Fr Gallagher. Members of the McElwaine family laid wreaths on the grave. They had earlier made it known that they wanted “no Stormont wreaths” at their son’s grave. A wreath was laid on behalf of the Dáithí Ó Conaill Cumann, Republican Sinn Féin, Monaghan town.
Republican Sinn Féin marked the anniversary of the 1916 Rising with wreath-laying ceremonies at the graves of Gerald McGlynn, Castlederg, John Philip O'Donnell, Agharan and Frank Ward, Carrickmore. This year saw a far larger presence of British Crown Forces than has been seen at previous Easter ceremonies.
The Clare Easter Commemoration was held at Drumcliff, Ennis, at 2pm on Easter Sunday. Martin Calligan chaired the proceedings and also read the 1916 Proclamation. Noel Dickinson laid a wreath on behalf of Republican Sinn Féin and Denis McInerney laid a wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement.
On Easter Sunday morning wreaths were laid at the following locations; the National Monument on the Grand Parade, The Old Cork Prison on the Western Road, Ballyconnon Memorial, Leemount memorial, the Spriggs memorial in Blarney Street, the Delaney Brothers Memorial on Dublin Hill. The Mac Suibhne grave at St Joseph Cemetery and the Crowley and Ahern Plaque in St Finbarr’s cemetery.
The commemoration in the afternoon commenced with assembly at the Wilton Roundabout at 2pm. The parade was led by a piper and a drummer, followed by a Colour Party of the Tricolour and the Cumann na mBan flag and then the general body.
At the Republican Plot, the Chairman Anton Ó hAnnrachan called on Tom O’Connell to lay a wreath on behalf of the Republican Comrades and Joan Kennedy to lay a wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement in Cork.
Risteard Lombard recited a decade of the Rosary as Gaeilge. Dermot Murphy, Bugler, played the Last Post and Reveille. Alfie McAvoy read the Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement.
Liam Cotter (Tralee) delivered a very informative oration which was much appreciated by the attendance. The Chairman thanked all present for making the commemoration such a success.
In conclusion, before calling on the Band to play the National Anthem, the Chairman paid tribute to three absent friends. Kitty O’Brien who was recovering from a brutal mugging in the City on Thursday the week previously. Donal Varian, who was to be the Chairman on Easter Sunday, but was struck down with illness and Con Elliott who passed away since last Easter.
Republican Sinn Féin held its annual Easter 1916 Commemoration on Easter Sunday, April 4 at 2.30pm at the town’s Republican Memorial. Wreaths were laid earlier at the Republican Plot in Killavarnogue cemetery.
The proceedings were chaired by Derrick McKenna, who called on James O’Shea to lay a wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement. Prof Adolf Packeiser played a lament on the pipes following which Pádraig Holohan recited a decade of the Rosary as Gaeilge.
Des Dalton, a member of the Republican Sinn Féin Ard-Chomhairle gave the oration. The ceremony ended with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann.
In Tralee, Republicans assembled at the Pikeman Monument in Denny Street, and marched behind a colour party and the Thomas David Pipe Band from Mallow, Co Cork to the Republican Plot at Rath Cemetery.
The proceedings were chaired by George Rice. A decade of the Rosary was recited by Fionnuala Kissane. Eamon Breen read the Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement and Siobhan Walsh read the 1916 Proclamation.
A fine oration was delivered by Mary Ward, Burtonport, Co Donegal.
Around 60 people attended the Easter Commemoration in Limerick on Easter Sunday. There was a lot of young people present. The commemoration was chaired by Timmy King.
A wreath was laid on behalf of the Republican Movement by Michael Ryan. The oration was given by Joe Lynch, Limerick.
The colour party of Na Fianna Éireann then marched to the grave of Seán Glynn where a wreath was laid on behalf of Na Fianna Éireann by Margaret Ryan.
The North Tipperary commemoration was held at the Monument in Banba Square, Nenagh, on Easter Sunday at 10.45am.
A crowd of about 50 people attended. The National Flag was flown. The proceedings were chaired by JP McDonnell. A decade of the Rosary was recited by Gearóid Ó Broin. A wreath was laid by Micky Nolan. The North Tipperary Roll of Honour was read. Donal Malone read the Easter Statement by the Leadership of the Republican Movement. The oration was given by JP McDonnell.
Two wreaths were laid by Micky Nolan in Roscrea.
The main Dublin commemoration took place at the GPO, O Connell Street, at 12 noon on Easter Sunday. A contingent of Republican supporters formed up at Abbey Street behind a colour party, and marched the short distance to the GPO, where a crowd of several hundred people were waiting.
The proceedings were chaired by Andy Connolly, who welcomed the large attendance and called on Peig King, to read the Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement, following which the 1916 Proclamation was read by Líta Ní Chathmhaoil. Peter Cunningham read the Statement from the Republican Prisoners in Maghaberry prison.
A wreath was laid at the GPO by John Gilraine, and a fine oration was delivered by Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, President, Republican Sinn Féin. The ceremony ended with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann. Following the commemoration a wreath was laid at the Republican Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery.
The commemoration in Deansgrange cemetery was held on Easter Monday. The party assembled at the main gates and marched to the Republican Plot behind the National Flag.
A wreath was laid by Johnny Gilraine. The Tricolour was dipped by James McDonagh and a minutes’ silence was observed.
The 1916 Proclamation was read by John Horan. The Easter Statement was read by Seán Ó Sé. The oration was given by Seán McGoldrick, Ard-Chomhairle member, Republican Sinn Féin.
The ceremony concluded with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann on the tin whistle by Seán Ó Sé.
The annual County Louth Easter Rising 1916 Commemoration took place in Dundalk on Easter Sunday afternoon.
Led by a lone piper and flagbearers carrying the National Flag and the Fianna flag, more than 50 people paraded from the Adelphi Cinema at 1pm to the Republican Plot in St Patrick’s Cemetery.
At the graveside the chairperson Pádraig Mac Mathúna called on Niall McCabe to lay a wreath on behalf of Republican Sinn Féin in County Louth.
After a decade of the Rosary the Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement was read by Paddy Kerr, Dundalk. A statement from Republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail in Antrim was then read by Shane Malone. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by bugler Séamas Callan before the main oration was delivered by Ruairí Óg Ó Brádaigh, publicity officer of Republican Sinn Féin.
The Kildare Easter Sunday Commemoration was held in Laraghbryan cemetery, Maynooth, at the grave of veteran Republican PJ Bennett who died last year.
A wreath was laid at the grave by Paul Stanley, a close friend of PJ’s and a decade of the Rosary was recited by PJ’s daughter, Mary Bennett.
The 1916 Proclamation was read by John Joe Norris. The Easter Statement was read by Kitty Hawkins. The oration was given by Seán McGoldrick, Ard-Chomhairle member of Republican Sinn Féin.
Wreaths were laid in Kildare at Rathcoffey, Cellbridge, Bodenstown, Old Kilcullen, Kildare town, Newbridge, Miltown and Hollywood in Co Wicklow.
The Easter Commemoration took place this year at the grave of Vol Barney Casey, Killoe Cemetery.
The ceremonies were chaired by Cllr Seán Lynch. The Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement was read by Maeve Sheehy who also read the 1916 Proclamation and a decade of the Rosary was recited as Gaeilge by Tomás Mac Ruairí.
Gerard Casey, a nephew of Barney Casey, shot dead by Free State forces in the Curragh in the 1940s was the bearer of the National Flag and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Republican Movement by Matt Casey, Stephen Fulham and Frank Quinn. A most fitting oration was delivered by Mick McManus, Ard Chomhairle member from Co Fermanagh.
A wreath-laying ceremony took place at 12 noon on Easter Sunday by the Thomas Allen Cumann of Republican Sinn Féin at Kilglass Cemetery, Longwood at the grave of Lieut Tom Allen, killed at the Four Courts in 1916.
On Easter Monday another wreath-laying ceremony took place in Culmellen, Co Meath at the grave of Fian Séamus Fox, killed at Stephen’s Green, Dublin in 1916.
Wreath-laying ceremonies were held throughout the county.
The annual Co Westmeath Easter 1916 Commemoration took place in Cornamagh Cemetery, Athlone on Easter Sunday at the graveside of Captain Tom Hughes, IRA.
A parade formed up at the cemetery gates at 12 noon and marched to the grave. It was led by flag-bearer Jimmy Doyle, Mount Temple carrying the National Flag and Clare Murray, Athleague, Roscommon playing the concert flute.
Seosamh Ó Maoileoin, Tyrellspass presided at the ceremony. Ciarán Dolan, Mount Temple read the Proclamation of the All-Ireland Republic in 1916 and Kathleen Tormey-Bannon, Moate read the Co Westmeath Roll of Honour.
A decade of the Rosary was recited in Irish and the flag was dipped in honour of the dead Republican soldiers as a lament was played. Tommy Morris, Kiltoon read the Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement. Emmet Walsh, Tullamore gave the oration.
Wreaths were laid on the graves of Captain Tom Hughes, Comdt Christy McKeon and Victor and Úna Fagg. The proceedings concluded with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann.
A large crowd gathered at Wexford’s Crescent Quay to take part in this year’s Easter Commemoration. The march proceeded along the Main Street to the historic Bullring, falling out in front of the Pikeman Monument, a memorial to Wexford’s heroic dead of 1798.
From there participants were transported by bus to St Ibar’s cemetery in Crosstown where they marched to the Republican Plot. The commemoration was chaired by Séamus Mac Suain. Tom Malone then read the Wexford Roll of Honour and Dáithí Kavanagh read the Proclamation. A wreath was laid on behalf of the Republican Movement by Mark McMahon. Wreaths were also laid on the graves of Paddy Parle, Seán Leacy and Matthew Furlong.
Ritchie Bierley then read a statement from Republican prisoners and Jimmy Kavanagh read the Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement. The ceremonies then concluded with the playing of the Last Post and the lowering of the flag.
Earlier in the day a Mass for all those who gave their lives for Irish Freedom had been celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Wexford. Wreaths were also laid at the memorials in Murrintown, Kylecross and at the grave of hunger-striker Joseph Whitty in Ballymore.
BHÍ thart ar dhá céad daoine i láthair ag an Uaig Poblachtánach i reilg Domhnach Pádraig in Áth Cinn, Condae na Gaillimhe le haghaidh an cuimhneachán bliantiúil Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916 ar an Domhnach Cásca seo caite.
Tionóladh an slua ag Queally’s Cross agus bhí mórshiúl go dtí an reilg. Sé Prionsias Mac Gloinn, iar Cathaoirleach Comhairle Condae na Gaillimhe a bhí in a Cathaoirleach ar an ócáid. Léigh Caoimhín Mac Cathmhaoil Ráiteas na Cásca ó Sinn Féin Poblachtach agus léigh Joe Darcy, mac le Tony Darcy a fuar bás ar stailc ocrais i 1940 agus a bhfuil curtha san Uaig Poblachtánach, Forfhógra na Poblachta.
Leagadh bláthfhleascanna ar son Comhairle Ceantair na Gaillimhe Sinn Féin Pob-lachtach, clann Darcy,clann Moylan agus ar son Poblachtánaigh na Sé Condae.
Ag labhairt ag an ócáid dúirt Tomás Ó Curraoin, iarrthóir Sinn Féin Poblachtach i dtoghcán Comhairle Condae na Gaillimhe go raibh polasaí an rialtas seo agus an Eoraip ag bánú na sléibhte agus nach mbeidh caora ar bith le feiceál ar sléibhtí Conamara nó aon áit eile mar gheall ar an REPS agus an SACs. Gheall sé go déanfaidh sé troid láidir ar son feirmeoraí beaga na ceantair.
Cháin sé go láidir freisin stad na n-iascaitheoraí beaga a bhfuil a chuid báid ceangalta suas i gCuan na Gaillimhe agus ár bhfarraige á glanadh ag báid ón Spáinn agus go leor áiteachaí eile.Chuaigh aimsir in olc agus cuireadh críoch leis an ócáid le Amhrán na bhFiann.
Earlier, about 60 people attended at the Liam Mellows Statue in Eyre Square, Galway City. Wreath-laying ceremonies took place at Tuam Workhouse Memorial, Uachtarard at the grave of Vol Tomás Ó Máille and Loughrea at the grave of Fr Micheál Ó Gríofa.
A Wreath laying ceremony was held at the grave of Omagh raid prisoner Volunteer Jack McCabe in Rossinveer. The National Flag was carried by John M Branley, Glenade.
Jim Mannion, Manor-hamilton, laid a wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement. Michael McCabe, Jack’s nephew laid a wreath on behalf of the family and read the Leadership Statement. Emmet Curneen read the 1916 Proclamation. Seamus McGowan said a decade of the Rosary in Irish. Declan Curneen chaired the proceedings. A wreath was laid on behalf of the Leadership of the Republican Movement by Jim Mannion at the memorial to Staff Captain Phil Gilguinn who was shot dead by Free State Military in November 1922. The National Flag was held at the side of the monument by John Branley. The Proclamation was read by Declan Curneen. This was the second such event since the memorial was restored two years ago.
Republicans gathered in Aughnasheelin to remember those patriots killed by British Forces in the Selton Hill ambush. Michael Kennedy chaired the event. Wreaths were laid on behalf of those killed, by a relative of Captain Seamus Flynn. Michael McDonagh laid a wreath on behalf of the Leadership of the Republican Movement and Johnny McGrath laid a wreath on behalf of Republican Sinn Féin. The 1916 Proclamation and Easter Statement were read. Declan Curneen gave a short oration.
The annual Easter 1916 Commemoration took place at the East Mayo Brigade IRA Memorial in Kilkelly, Co Mayo on Easter Monday.
A parade formed up at the church gate at 12 noon and marched through the town to the imposing memorial led by a colour-party bearing the National Flag and a piper. Dan Hoban, Newport presided at the ceremony and Seán Mac an Iomaire, Gaillimh led the attendance in the recitation of a decade of the Rosary in Irish.
Tony Breathnach, Gaillimh read the Proclamation of the All-Ireland Republic, Easter 1916 and Tomás Ó Curraoin read the East Mayo Roll of Honour. The Chairman then read the Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement.
Wreaths were laid by Paddy O’Reilly, Kiltinagh (Republican Sinn Féin); Síle Heneghan, Bundorracha (Cumann na mBan); Peter Spellman, Newport (West Mayo Republicans); Carmel Grant, Ballinlough, (Ros-common Republicans); and Sorcha McElhinney, Letterkenny (Ulster Republicans).
John McElhinney, Tyrone, a former Republican prisoner and Ard Chomhairle member of Republican Sinn Féin gave the oration. The proceedings ended with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann.
Ceremonies to honour the 83rd anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 took place at several venues in Co Roscommon on Easter Sunday.
All were organised by the Co Roscommon IRA Commem-oration Committee which declared itself satisfied with the attendance’s in each case.
Following 11.30am Mass in Elphin a march took place to the partly refurbished County Memorial at Shankill Cross.
There Pádraic Cryan, Cortober, chairman of the organising committee, presided. Patsy O’Connell, Elphin led the attendance in a decade of the Rosary in Irish for all who died for Ireland in every generation. The Proclamation of the All-Ireland Republic, 1916 was read by Addie Clarke, Hillstreet and Dermot Mullooly, Strokestown read the Co Roscommon Roll of Honour. Farrell Conry, Elphin laid a wreath on the memorial on behalf of the organising committee.
At the IRA Memorial in Ballinlough at 12 noon Joe Murphy, Ballinlough was Master of Ceremonies. Michael Hannily, Ballingare recited a decade of the Rosary in Irish.
Stephen French, Lisacul read the 1916 Proclamation and Maurice Corrigan, Boyle read the list of 40 names on the Roscommon Roll of Honour. Michael T Mitchell, Ballinlough laid a wreath on behalf of the organisers.
The county commemoration was held in Tibohine at 3.30pm, at the grave of Captain John McGowan, IRA who was killed in a neighbours’ home by Black and Tans in December 1920.
Earlier a parade was held from Cooney’s premises to the cemetery, led by a colour-party and the Raheen Pipers Band. At the graveside Michael Hannily, Ballingare presided and Dermot Mullolly recited a decade of the Rosary in Irish. The 1916 Proclamation and county Roll of Honour were then read.
Pádraic Cryan read the Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement. Des Long, Limerick Vice-President of Republican Sinn Féin gave the oration. Wreaths were laid on the grave by Pádraic Cryan on behalf of the committee; by TJ Flanagan, Kilglass on behalf of the relatives; by Farrell Conry on behalf of Republican prisoners in Belfast, Portlaoise and Limerick and by Joe Kelly, Kilglass on behalf of Ros-common Comhairle Ceantair, Republican Sinn Féin. The proceedings ended with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann by the Raheen Pipe Band.
Sligo Republicans gathered at the Republican Plot to pay tribute to Sligo’s ‘Noble Six’ who were shot by Free State Forces on the slopes of Ben Bulben in September 1922.
Con Darcy chaired the event. The 1916 Proclamation and Easter Statement were read following the laying of wreaths.
Eamon Healy gave an inspiring oration. Sligo’s Roll of Honour was read and a minute’s silence in memory of our patriotic dead was observed.
The event ended with the saying of a decade of the Rosary in Irish.
The Glasgow Easter Commemoration took place on Easter Sunday at Pearse Park GAA ground in Cambuslang and 50 people attended.
The chairperson Bryan O’Hanlon, Republican Sinn Féin, called on Janice Ross to read the 1916 Proclamation. Stephen Coyle of the Glasgow Irish Republican Commem-oration Committee read the Roll of Honour of the Volunteers of the Scottish Brigade.
Flowers were laid at the monument by Tam Fyfe and afterwards at the grave of Volunteer Dennis Canning who died in 1917.
After a minute’s silence was observed the oration was delivered by Máirtín Ó Catháin of Derry Republican Sinn Féin.
Around 50 people gathered at the Fenian monument in Liverpool’s Ford cemetery at 12 noon on Easter Sunday. They were there to honour the memory of the 16 Irish patriots who lie buried near by. The monument is the only one in Britain dedicated to the Fenians.
After a floral tribute of lilies had been presented, Rachel O’Neill of the John Whelan Cumann read the Proclamation and this was followed by a one minute silence.
An Irish lament was then played on the pipes. Cumann Secretary Pat McDonnell read the Easter Statement.
Last September the memorial was badly vandalised and the granite round-tower toppled but an anonymous benefactor has restored it to its former impressive condition. The ceremony was concluded with the playing of the National Anthem on the flute.
A very successful Easter commemoration was held in London on Easter Monday. The venue was Hendon cemetery, north London.
Addressing those present, Cathaoirleach Jim O’Dwyer welcomed those present — some of whom had travelled from Somerset and Northamptonshire, in support of the event.
Sinéad Ní Gallbháin read the Proclamation of Independence and also read the message of solidarity from the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry and Paul McGrath read the Roll of Honour. Tom Lonergan said a decade of the Rosary in Irish.
The Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement was read by Michael Holden. A wreath, on behalf of the Republican Movement was laid on the grave of Paddy Hartigan by Mick Kennedy at the conclusion of the ceremony, and a minute’s silence was observed.
Republicans gathered in the Fighting 69th Armoury on Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York on Easter Sunday to honour the 1916 Rising. Cumann na Saoirse (Irish Freedom Committee) organised the ceremony and it was chaired by Brian Mór Ó Baoighill.
The Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement was read by Michael Costello. The oration was given by Martin Lyons.