Joe Coyle: Finding inspiration in the names of the 485 men, women and children who died
Take a bow, Ireland 2016. The State body set up to oversee the 1916 commemorations has judged this year's anniversary events perfectly so far, and its message - Remember, Reflect, Reimagine - was inspired. Politicians have mostly sat on the back benches, and the people and their stories are taking centre stage.
Proclamation Day on March 15 was a real highlight. Our children read aloud the words of the seven signatories, wrote their own proclamations and raised our national flag. In doing so, our children reclaimed our tricolour - a sign that we are a modern, confident country. Proclamation Day was a triumph.
For my small part, I was honoured that the 1916 image, which incorporates the names of those who died - and was originally designed for the 'Irish Independent 1916 Collection' of magazines - was yesterday used in the State Commemoration booklet given to the 6,000 invited guests at the GPO.