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Irish President Michael D Higgins leads Easter Rising remembrance in Dublin

Published 27/03/2016

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: President Michael D. Higgins lays a wreath on the site where the 1916 leaders were executed at the Easter Sunday Wreath-laying ceremony in Kilmanham Gaol at the Breakers Yard on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: People watch the centenary parade on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: A general view during the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and parade on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: A general view during the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and parade on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: A general view during the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony at the General Post Office on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from OConnell Street on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: A general view during the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from OConnell Street on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: Former Presidents of Ireland Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from OConnell Street on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: A young girl holds flowers during the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony at the General Post Office on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: President Michael D. Higgins lays a wreath during the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony at the General Post Office on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D. Higgins at the Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade from OConnell Street on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland when in 1916 a rebellion was attempted to oust British rule of the country. (Photo by Maxwells/Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the view of the Parade from Roof of the Blood bank seen during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view of the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view of the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view taken from the rooftop opposite GPO during the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view of the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the Irish Defence Forces perform during the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view of the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view of the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view of the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view of the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view taken from the rooftop opposite GPO during the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: This photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, shows a general view of the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 27: In this photo provided by the Air Corps Press Office, the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment fires 21 gun salutes during the the military parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The 1916 rebellion was an attempt by Irish forces to overthrow the British government in Ireland. Although unsuccessful it was seen as a significant move in the creation of the Irish republic when public opinion turned in favour of the rebels after British forces defeated the rebellion and executed it's leaders. (Photo by Irish Defence Forces via Getty Images)
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (2L) talks with Irish President Michael D. Higgins (C) with his wife Sabina (R) as they attend the programme of commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin on March 27, 2016. Ireland marked the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, a rebellion against British rule that paved the way for independence, with the largest commemorative events in its history. The rebels who seized buildings across Dublin and proclaimed an Irish republic on Easter Monday 1916 were honoured by a 4.4-kilometre (2.7-mile) parade through the capital for hundreds of thousands of spectators. / AFP PHOTO / MAXWELLS - IRISH GOVERNMENT POOL / MAXWELLSMAXWELLS/AFP/Getty Images
A smokes a cigarette outside a cafe with an Irish flag in the window with dates to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin on March 27, 2016 on a day of events officially marking the anniversary. Ireland marked the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, a rebellion against British rule that paved the way for independence, with the largest commemorative events in its history. The rebels who seized buildings across Dublin and proclaimed an Irish republic on Easter Monday 1916 were honoured by a 4.4-kilometre (2.7-mile) parade through the capital for hundreds of thousands of spectators. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FaithPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, in honour of those who fought and died for Ireland's freedom. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 26, 2016. Later, President Michael D Higgins is expected to meet the families of those killed during a special event in Dublin's RDS where he will speak about the debt of gratitude owed to the rebels immortalised in the history books as well as the "unsung heroes" who took to the streets one hundred years ago. See PA story IRISH 1916. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by the Defence Forces of marching elements comprised of personnel drawn from Army, Air Corps, Naval Service, reserve Defence Forces, Defence Forces Veterans, and selected Emergency Services as they march along OÕConnell Street, as part of the 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 27, 2016. See PA story IRISH 1916. Photo credit should read: Defence Forces/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo issued by the Defence Forces of marching elements comprised of personnel drawn from Army, Air Corps, Naval Service, reserve Defence Forces, Defence Forces Veterans, and selected Emergency Services as they march along OÕConnell Street, as part of the 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 27, 2016. See PA story IRISH 1916. Photo credit should read: Defence Forces/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
(left to right) Gerry Noble from Portmarnock, Dublin with Letitia Trappe from Balbriggan, and his wife Helen Noble, and Pat Trappe beside O'Connell Bridge in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising commemoration. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 27, 2016. See PA story IRISH 1916 Crowds. Photo credit should read: Ed Carty/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by the Irish Government of Sheila OÄôLeary, 94, from Clontarf, whose father Thomas Byrne fought in the GPO in 1916, holds his medals, on OÄôConnell Street, as she awaits the 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 27, 2016. The President was flanked by a military guard of honour drawn from the Defence Forces cadet school. Prayers were said before acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny invited the head of State to lay the wreath "on behalf of the people of Ireland in honour of all those who died". After a minute's silence, a lone piper from the Army No 1 Band played the lament Wrap The Green Flag Around Me Boys, before the Last Post was sounded. The Irish Tricolour, which flew at half mast throughout, was then raised. See PA story IRISH 1916. Photo credit should read: Maxwells/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by the Irish Government of troops and the crowd in OÄôConnell Street, during the Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 27, 2016. The President was flanked by a military guard of honour drawn from the Defence Forces cadet school. Prayers were said before acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny invited the head of State to lay the wreath "on behalf of the people of Ireland in honour of all those who died". After a minute's silence, a lone piper from the Army No 1 Band played the lament Wrap The Green Flag Around Me Boys, before the Last Post was sounded. The Irish Tricolour, which flew at half mast throughout, was then raised. See PA story IRISH 1916. Photo credit should read: Maxwells/PA Wire
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (centre) at the 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 27, 2016. See PA story IRISH 1916. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness (front centre) during the 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 27, 2016. See PA story IRISH 1916. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland's President Michael D Higgins has laid a wreath at the spot where 15 rebels were executed for their part in the 1916 Easter Rising.

The main Easter Rising parade in Belfast is due to assemble at Hamill Street at 12.30pm before marching to Milltown ceremony where a ceremony of remembrance will be held.

Those marching with the parade will be wearing period dress, and will include horsedrawn carriages, uniforms and memorabilia of the time.

It's understood that among the marchers will be former republican prisoners and representatives of the GAA who will be lead by an Irish wolfhound, leaving Divis Tower at 12.15pm.

Earlier in Dublin, a ceremony took place at the Stone Breakers' Yard in Kilmainham Gaol, the President was flanked by a military guard of honour drawn from the Defence Forces cadet school.

Prayers were said before acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny invited the head of State to lay the wreath "on behalf of the people of Ireland in honour of all those who died".

After a minute's silence, a lone piper from the Army No 1 Band played the lament Wrap The Green Flag Around Me Boys, before the Last Post was sounded.

The Irish Tricolour, which flew at half mast throughout, was then raised.

The simple ceremony was among the first in a national day of events commemorating the tumultuous insurrection which ultimately led to the partition of Ireland and the creation of the Republic.

In what will be the largest public spectacle in the history of the state, about a quarter of a million people are expected to line the streets of Dublin for a military parade lasting several hours in honour of the revolutionaries.

Irish President Michael D Higgins (right) lays a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D Higgins (right) lays a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Irish President Michael D Higgins (left), and acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny (third left) attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A piper salutes during at a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the public watch a ceremony where Irish President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The most historic site will be the reading of the Proclamation under the portico of the GPO on O'Connell Street around midday - a re-enactment of the actions of rebel leader Patrick Pearse on Easter Monday 1916.

After the Proclamation is read the President will lay a second wreath at the GPO with scores of descendants of the rebels looking on.

Government ministers have been keen to stress that the centenary celebrations are carefully designed to honour the courage and ideals of the Rising and its leaders and reflect all of Ireland's history.

President Higgins used an address to descendants on Saturday to call on Irish people to take responsibility for building a true Republic and said the ideals of the Proclamation can still inspire today.

Hundreds of thousands of people will line a 4.5km route across Dublin from 10am for the parade.

Some 3,722 Defence Forces personnel will march in front of military vehicles along with emergency services personnel and army veterans, many of whom served on United Nations' peacekeeping missions.

The Air Corps will also perform a fly past.

The commemorations began on Saturday morning when Sabina Higgins, the President's wife, lays a wreath at the grave of Countess Constance Markievicz in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Following that, the President laid a wreath in the Garden of Remembrance in honour of all those who fought and died for Ireland's freedom.

Along the route of the parade 22 viewing screens have been erected and five setback areas are planned for families to congregate.

Organisers have warned of massive demand for public transport and access to the city, but with trams not running due to a strike by Luas workers the capital will be facing unprecedented demand for bus, Dart and taxi use.

The parade is expected to end at around 3pm.

On Easter Monday further commemorations are planned at each of the seven key battlefield sites in Dublin.

Wreath laying ceremonies, again open to the public, will take place at the 1916 garrisons including Boland's Mill, the Jacob's Factory on Bishop Street, Dublin Castle and City Hall, the Four Courts, the Royal College of Surgeons, Moore Street and at St James' Hospital, which was the South Dublin Union 100 years ago.

Outside of Dublin simultaneous wreath laying ceremonies will be held in Athenry, Cork, Enniscorthy and Ashbourne.

Also on Easter Monday cultural events are planned in more than 200 venues across Dublin city centre including 500 free talks, exhibitions, debates, film, performances and dramatisations, with six outdoor stages and lots of activities for children and families.

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