President Higgins marks centenary of Irish Volunteers
President Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended a commemoration ceremony this morning to mark the centenary of the Irish Volunteers.
The event, which took place in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, honoured the founding of the Irish Volunteers – Óglaigh na Eireann – on November 25 1913 at a public meeting in the Rotunda Rink, now the site of the memorial garden.
Other dignitaries included former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, Justice and Defence Minister Alan Shatter and Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan.
Speaking at the commemoration, President Higgins described the Volunteers as “an army drawn from people who were motivated to rise and to vindicate the unfulfilled hopes and aspirations for freedom, of the previous generations”.