Sunday 11 December 2016

President challenges us to build a republic worthy of 1916 leaders

Published 31/03/2016 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina view the courts offical book at the official opening of the new Kilmainham Gaol Museum visitor centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina view the courts offical book at the official opening of the new Kilmainham Gaol Museum visitor centre. Photo: Damien Eagers

In the minds of the nation's youthful population, Easter Sunday, April 24, 1916, will forever be the bloody day that our Ireland was born.

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In a haze of violence, pain and raw, unrepentant pride a band of rebels would hoist the flag of new beginnings above the GPO. Hundreds were killed during the days and nights of fighting that followed. Many of them innocent - many of them children.

The face of Dublin, too, would forever be altered - leaving the city, to this day, bearing the scars of what many believe was the birth of a Republic that very few wanted. In truth, the pain felt in the capital that day was simply the striking pangs of labour.

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