Friday 9 December 2016

'Seeing personnel marching through the city is such an unusual sight'

David Kearns

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

Carmel Kelly, from Rathmines, with her daughters Casey (5), right, and Juno (3) Daniels. Photo: Damien Eagers
Carmel Kelly, from Rathmines, with her daughters Casey (5), right, and Juno (3) Daniels. Photo: Damien Eagers

Proudly singing Amhrán na bhFiann at the top of her lungs, little Casey Daniels (5) was just one of thousands of children delighted at the chance to see units of the Defence Forces marching in the 1916 centenary celebrations.

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"She's been having such a great time today," said her mother Carmel Kelly.

"It's been really interesting seeing all the tanks and personnel marching through the city - it's such an unusual sight."

Originally from Roscommon, but living in Rathmines in South Dublin for the last three years, Carmel said her daughter had become interested in 1916 thanks to the efforts of her school.

"She's delighted to be here, and I'm really happy she's got the chance to experience this because it is important to know the history of your country," said Carmel.

"Many schools have been giving special focus leading up to today, which is great because up until this year, I wouldn't have had much experience with the Rising myself.

"Today isn't just about a parade; a lot of the children here understand why these soldiers are marching and why it's important for us to be here. We've a lot of other fun parades like St Patrick's Day, so having a more sobering affair like this seems appropriate - it's fitting because 1916 was an uprising, there was fighting, people died. That's not something to celebrate with a party."

Irish Independent

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