Wednesday 17 January 2018

President Higgins marks centenary of Irish Volunteers

President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers, Oglaigh Na hEireann at the Garden of Rememberance in Dublin.
President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers, Oglaigh Na hEireann at the Garden of Rememberance in Dublin.
President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers, Oglaigh Na hEireann at the Garden of Rememberance in Dublin.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers, Oglaigh Na hEireann at the Garden of Rememberance in Dublin.
Ministers Alan Shatter and Jimmy Deenihan at a ceremony to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers, Oglaigh Na hEireann at the Garden of Rememberance in Dublin.
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Lise Hand

By Lise Hand

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”.

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