Friday 20 April 2018

Glasnevin Cemetery left red-faced after newly unveiled 1916 monument contains embarrassing typo

Martin Grant

Chiefs at Glasnevin Cemetery have been left red-faced after Irish speakers spotted a spelling mistake in the unveiling of a 1916 monument.

A memorial wall for all those who died in the 1916 Easter Rising was unveiled at Glasnevin Cemetery this morning.

However, fluent Irish speakers spotted an embarrassing mistake in the title of the monument.

Unveiled as “Eírí Amach Na Cásca 1916”, a fada features over the first I and not the E. The correct spelling is “Éirí”.

The Remembrance Wall with the type. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
The Remembrance Wall with the type. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

When contacted by, a spokesman for Glasnevin Trust accepted the spelling mistake.

He said: “There is a misplaced fada in the spelling of the word “Éirí” on the Necrology Wall unveiled today at Glasnevin cemetery.

“It will be corrected immediately.”

The typo has left organisers embarrassed after the unveiling was broadcasted on RTE.

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny was also present, alongside former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and John Bruton.

Fianna Fáil TD and fluent Irish speaker Éamon Ó Cuív described the mistake as “crazy”.

“That’s wrong…that’s crazy,” said Mr Ó Cuív

“It should be put right. These things are very simple to put right.

“There’s any amount of books and dictionaries to tell you how to spell.

“These things should be proofed and checked,” he added.

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