Silence at Stonebreakers' Yard as the final moments of our fallen heroes remembered
Fourteen shots infamously rang out in the Stonebreakers' Yard at Kilmainham Gaol 100 years ago this Easter. Yesterday, as President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath at the spot where the rebels were executed for their part in the Rising, there was only silence.
Around 35 invited guests gathered in the windswept yard just after 10am for one of the first in a series of State ceremonial events marking the centenary.
With the tricolour hanging at half mast opposite the wall where leaders including Padraig Pearse and Joseph Plunkett paid the ultimate price for freedom, 20 young troops from the army's 92nd Cadet Class crunched across the gravel in perfect sync to form a guard of honour.