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President and Taoiseach attend 1916 Rising centenary launch event

Published 01/01/2016

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the New Year's Day ceremony begins the marking of a year of reflection and remembrance
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the New Year's Day ceremony begins the marking of a year of reflection and remembrance

Irish President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Tanaiste Joan Burton were among those who took part in the first major event marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

A minute's silence was held before three flags flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle, kick-starting a year of reflection and remembrance.

Mr Kenny said: "There are some moments in history when a seed is sown and the old order changes forever.

"Easter 1916 was such a moment and, from the very early days of this State, it has been the moment we have chosen to commemorate as marking the birth of our sovereign nation."

Relatives of those who died were present as a roll call of the 78 dead, including the 16 executed leaders, was read out by Captain Eoghan Carton and Captain Gillian Costello of the Defence Forces Training Centre.

The rebel chiefs were Roger Casement, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas Clarke, Cornelius Colbert, James Connollly, Edward Daly, Sean Heuston, Thomas Rice Kent, John MacBride, Sean MacDiarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, Michael Mallin, Michael O'Hanrahan, Patrick Pearse, William Pearse and Joseph Mary Plunkett.

The names of the nationalist volunteers who lost their lives was compiled for the first time with detail on their backgrounds, their addresses, who they fought with, their rank and where and when they died.

From the Irish Citizen Army they were John Francis Adams, Louis Byrne, Philip Clarke, Sean Connolly, James Corcoran, Edward Cosgrave, Charles Darcy, George Geoghegan, James McCormack, John O'Reilly, Thomas Joseph O'Reilly and Frederick Ryan.

From the Irish Volunteers the roll call names Thomas Allen, William Francis Burke, Andrew Joseph Byrne, James Byrne, Charles E Carrigan, Edward Joseph Costello, John Costello, Henry Coyle, John Crenigan, John Cromien, Brendan Donelan, Patrick Doyle, John Dwan, Edward Ennis, Patrick Farrell, James Fox, Sean Howard, Sean Hurley, Cornelius Keating, John Keely, Richard Kent, Gerald Anthony Keogh, Francis Macken, Peter Macken, Michael Malone, Peter Paul Manning, WIlliam McDowell, Charles Monahan, Michael Mulvihill, Richard Murphy, Daniel Joseph Murray, Richard O'Carroll, Patrick O'Connor, Patrick Joseph O'Flanagan, John O'Grady, Michael Joseph O'Rahilly, Richard O'Reilly, John Owens, James Quinn, Thomas Rafferty, George Reynolds, Daniel Sheehan, Patrick Shortis, John Joseph Traynor, Edward Walsh, Philip Walsh, Thomas Joseph Weafer, Patrick Whelan and Peter Wilson.

Only one recorded member of Na Fianna Eireann was on the list - John Healy, a plumber's apprentice, who fought in the GPO and in Phibsborough where he was wounded.

A member of the Irish defence forces salutes the National Flag which was flown from the GPO on O'Connell Street during the rebellion, as the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising takes place at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PA
A member of the Irish defence forces salutes the National Flag which was flown from the GPO on O'Connell Street during the rebellion, as the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising takes place at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PA
Irish Government handout photo of the raising of the flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion, during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 1, 2016. The ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. Invited guests including relatives of those who died in the Rising will also take part. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mark Maxwell/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.
Irish Government handout photo of the raising of the flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion, during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 1, 2016. The ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. Invited guests including relatives of those who died in the Rising will also take part. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mark Maxwell/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.
A member of the Irish defence forces holds the National Flag which was flown from the GPO on O'Connell Street during the rebellion, as the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising takes place at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A member of the Irish defence forces holds the National Flag which was flown from the GPO on O'Connell Street during the rebellion, as the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising takes place at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Tanaiste Joan Burton (centre) arrives for the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A member of the Irish defence forces holds the National Flag which was flown from the GPO on O'Connell Street during the rebellion, as the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising takes place at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
President Michael D. Higgins (sixth left) inspects a guard of honour during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (second left) with Tanaiste Joan Burton (right) during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
President Michael D. Higgins (second left) inspects a guard of honour during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of a choir look on as members of the defence forces form a guard of honour during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (second right) with Tanaiste Joan Burton (right) during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Grandsons of James Connolly, one of seven signatories of the Proclamation, James Connolly (left) and John Connolly, following the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the Irish defence forces leave Dublin Castle after the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising took place in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the public during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the Irish defence forces during the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness (left) alongside grandsons of James Connolly, one of seven signatories of the Proclamation, James Connolly (centre) and John Connolly following the first major event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle in Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Three flags which were flown on O'Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle in the ceremony attended by President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. See PA story POLITICS Rising Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The list was compiled from records in the Military Service Pensions Collection.

Mr Kenny added: "2016 belongs to everyone on this island and to our friends and families overseas.

"It is an invitation to join us in remembering our past, reflecting on our achievements over the last 100 years and to re-imagine our Republic for future generations."

The flags raised were the Irish Citizens Army Flag with the Starry Plough, which was flown from the Imperial Hotel on O'Connell Street, and the Irish Republican Flag and the National Flag, which were both flown from the GPO.

The ceremony, which included military honours and prayer, concluded with the playing of the National Anthem by the Army No 1 Band.

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys were also in attendance.

The military aspects of the ceremony were overseen by Parade Commander Lieutenant Colonel Tim O Brien and Parade Sergeant Major Jim Aherne, both of the 7th Infantry Battalion.

Throughout 2016, more than 40 State ceremonial events will be held as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

One of the highlights will be a major parade through from Dublin Castle to Parnell Square on Easter Sunday.

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