Sunday 23 July 2017

Silence at Stonebreakers' Yard as the final moments of our fallen heroes remembered

President Michael D Higgins as he lays a wreath at the Stonebreakers’ Yard in Kilmainham Jail, where rebels were executed for their part in the 1916 Easter Rising, as part of the Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
President Michael D Higgins as he lays a wreath at the Stonebreakers’ Yard in Kilmainham Jail, where rebels were executed for their part in the 1916 Easter Rising, as part of the Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

Fourteen shots infamously rang out in the Stonebreakers' Yard at Kilmainham Gaol 100 years ago this Easter. Yesterday, as President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath at the spot where the rebels were executed for their part in the Rising, there was only silence.

Around 35 invited guests gathered in the windswept yard just after 10am for one of the first in a series of State ceremonial events marking the centenary.

With the tricolour hanging at half mast opposite the wall where leaders including Padraig Pearse and Joseph Plunkett paid the ultimate price for freedom, 20 young troops from the army's 92nd Cadet Class crunched across the gravel in perfect sync to form a guard of honour.

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