Monday 21 May 2018

Leaders of 1916 Rising honoured at Arbour Hill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the annual Arbour Hill commemoration ceremony in Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the annual Arbour Hill commemoration ceremony in Dublin. Photo: Colin Keegan
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath at the burial plot of leaders of the 1916 Rising as the representatives of the Government, judiciary and Defence Forces turned out for the State's annual Arbour Hill commemoration ceremony.

Arbour Hill is the final resting place of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of the Republic, including Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, as well as other executed 1916 leaders.

Those in attendance included Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O'Neill and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin.

Defence Forces chief of staff vice admiral Mark Mellett was also present and the celebrant of the Mass before the ceremony was Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy.

Members of the Seventh Infantry Battalion formed a guard of honour to the burial plot. There was a series of prayers including some by representatives of the Church of Ireland and the Jewish and Islamic faiths.

There was a minute's silence before 'The Last Post' and 'Amhrán na bhFiann' were played.

Irish Independent

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