Remembering Easter 1916 with pride and, above all, inclusivity
These days of Easter 2016 offer us an opportunity to be proud of our nation and its achievements. Fittingly, tens of thousands of people lined Dublin's streets on Easter Sunday to witness a large parade commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. And it was those crowds of people, who thronged the 4.5km route across the capital, who were the real stars of this special parade.
The people, from every corner of the country and overseas, observed the festivities, the solemn moments especially, and they cheered, clapped and waved with an impressive mixture of decorum, dignity and bonhomie.
The spirit of the people was fittingly echoed by the words of the chief chaplain to Ireland's Defence Forces, Fr Séamus Madigan. His specially composed prayer, delivered outside the GPO, recalled "all who lost their lives in 1916 and throughout the troubled history of our island".