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1916 Easter Rising: Arts and music to fore in remembrance programme

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Secret police files dating to four days before the Easter Rising are being released

Secret police files dating to four days before the Easter Rising are being released

Secret police files dating to four days before the Easter Rising are being released

Events to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising will include art exhibitions, theatre projects and musical tours.

The heads of 31 local authorities met in Dublin to launch the programme, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the Rising.

Each county presented their plan of activities to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the special event in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

The programme includes more than 1,800 events, including the planting of 500 trees by scout groups from Co Wicklow over 16 acres to commemorate those who died in the Rising.

"The story and events of 1916 belongs to all of us, regardless of political or family background, or personal interpretation of our modern history," Mr Kenny said.

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GPO in ruins 1916:  Soldiers survey the interior of the post pffice in Sackville Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising of 1916.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

GPO in ruins 1916: Soldiers survey the interior of the post pffice in Sackville Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising of 1916. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Scene from O'Connell Street in Dublin, during the Easter Rising in 1916

Scene from O'Connell Street in Dublin, during the Easter Rising in 1916

Post Office Ruined...Soldiers inspect the interior of Dublin's General Post Office, viewing the complete destruction of the building after being shelled by the British during the Easter Rising 1916.   (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...I

Post Office Ruined...Soldiers inspect the interior of Dublin's General Post Office, viewing the complete destruction of the building after being shelled by the British during the Easter Rising 1916. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...I

INDH28
Easter Rising 1916: British troops loading vehicle.
Published 1920.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH28 Easter Rising 1916: British troops loading vehicle. Published 1920. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22A
Easter Rising 1916: Head office of ITGWU, destroyed following the 1916 Rising.
Published 1916.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22A Easter Rising 1916: Head office of ITGWU, destroyed following the 1916 Rising. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

Library filer dated 11/05/1916 of the damage wrought on Dublin's General Post Office during the Easter Rising. Celebrations will mark the event's 90th anniversary today. Sunday April 16, 2006.

Library filer dated 11/05/1916 of the damage wrought on Dublin's General Post Office during the Easter Rising. Celebrations will mark the event's 90th anniversary today. Sunday April 16, 2006.

INDH22C
Easter Rising 1916: Ruins of Freeman Press and Telegraph, 1916.
Published 1916.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22C Easter Rising 1916: Ruins of Freeman Press and Telegraph, 1916. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

Easter Rising:Anniversary/Standard bearers head the parade into Milltown Cemetery, Falls Road, BELFAST, for the graveside ceremony. 12/4/1966

Easter Rising:Anniversary/Standard bearers head the parade into Milltown Cemetery, Falls Road, BELFAST, for the graveside ceremony. 12/4/1966

Library filer dated 11/05/1916 of a view of Sackville Street (O'Connell St) and the River Liffey at Eden Quay in Dublin, showing the devastation wrought during the Easter Rising. Celebrations will mark the event's 90th anniversary today. Sunday April 16, 2006.

Library filer dated 11/05/1916 of a view of Sackville Street (O'Connell St) and the River Liffey at Eden Quay in Dublin, showing the devastation wrought during the Easter Rising. Celebrations will mark the event's 90th anniversary today. Sunday April 16, 2006.

GARDEN OF REMEMBERANCE OPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN APRIL 1966 IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50YRS ANNIVERSARY OF THE EASTER RISING

GARDEN OF REMEMBERANCE OPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN APRIL 1966 IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50YRS ANNIVERSARY OF THE EASTER RISING

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Easter Rising 1916: British troops searching a car.
Published 1920.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH29 Easter Rising 1916: British troops searching a car. Published 1920. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22
Easter Rising 1916: Coliseum theatre, Henry Street, destroyed following the 1916 Rising.
Published 1916.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22 Easter Rising 1916: Coliseum theatre, Henry Street, destroyed following the 1916 Rising. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22B
Easter Rising 1916: O'Connell bridge and street, 1916.
Published 1916.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22B Easter Rising 1916: O'Connell bridge and street, 1916. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22E
Easter Rising 1916: Troops being marched to barracks, 1916.
Published 1916.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH22E Easter Rising 1916: Troops being marched to barracks, 1916. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH26
Easter Rising 1916: Troops searching bread van for arms.
Published 1916.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH26 Easter Rising 1916: Troops searching bread van for arms. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH23
Easter Rising 1916: Troops inspecting car on Mount Street Bridge.
Published 1916.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH23 Easter Rising 1916: Troops inspecting car on Mount Street Bridge. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH27
Easter Rising 1916: British troops barricade City Hall.
Published 1920.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

INDH27 Easter Rising 1916: British troops barricade City Hall. Published 1920. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)

Easter Rising:Anniversary/Standard bearers head the parade into Milltown Cemetery, Falls Road, BELFAST, for the graveside ceremony. 12/4/1966

Easter Rising:Anniversary/Standard bearers head the parade into Milltown Cemetery, Falls Road, BELFAST, for the graveside ceremony. 12/4/1966

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GPO in ruins 1916: Soldiers survey the interior of the post pffice in Sackville Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising of 1916. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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