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Thousands gather to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin

Thousands gather to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin

Irish soldiers take part to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish soldiers take part to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin. Niall Carson/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins inspects a guard of honour during the commemoration to mark the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin

President Michael D Higgins inspects a guard of honour during the commemoration to mark the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin

Irish soldiers take part in the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish soldiers take part in the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish Air Corp PC9 flypast take part to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish Air Corp PC9 flypast take part to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin. Niall Carson/PA Wire

REVOLUTION: A building in Dublin’s O'Connell Street is torn apart during the 1916 Easter Rising

REVOLUTION: A building in Dublin’s O'Connell Street is torn apart during the 1916 Easter Rising

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Thousands gather to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin

THE year 2016 has come early. Barely has the 'decade of commemoration' begun to focus on the events of 1914 when Easter 1916 is suddenly in the frame.

Prompted by the possibility of a royal presence at the centenary commemorations of the Rising, the guardians of the shrine of orthodoxy have sprung into defensive action.


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