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Performers Master Blazer and Madam Bloomer in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin as part of RTE’s Reflecting the Rising celebrations

Performers Master Blazer and Madam Bloomer in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin as part of RTE’s Reflecting the Rising celebrations

Participants in the Easter Rising parade in the New Lodge area of Belfast

Participants in the Easter Rising parade in the New Lodge area of Belfast

A re-enactment of the Battle of Ashbourne

A re-enactment of the Battle of Ashbourne

Captain Danielle Murphy of the 2nd Artillery Regiment in Athlone reads the Proclamation at the 1916 Bolands Mill wreath-laying ceremony at Grand Canal Dock

Captain Danielle Murphy of the 2nd Artillery Regiment in Athlone reads the Proclamation at the 1916 Bolands Mill wreath-laying ceremony at Grand Canal Dock

Sisters Emma (7) and Lucy (6) Carroll from Sligo enjoy the Ceili Mor

Sisters Emma (7) and Lucy (6) Carroll from Sligo enjoy the Ceili Mor

Ceili dancing in Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin as part of RTE’s Reflecting the Rising celebrations

Ceili dancing in Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin as part of RTE’s Reflecting the Rising celebrations

Sisters Terri and Anya Gerathy from Dublin enjoying the Easter Monday 1916 commemorations on Moore Street

Sisters Terri and Anya Gerathy from Dublin enjoying the Easter Monday 1916 commemorations on Moore Street

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Performers Master Blazer and Madam Bloomer in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin as part of RTE’s Reflecting the Rising celebrations

Thousands of people gathered in towns and cities across Ireland to mark the start of the 1916 Easter Rising rebellion against British rule which began on Easter Monday 100 years ago.

Simultaneous wreath-laying ceremonies took place in counties Dublin, Cork city, Meath and other locations around the country which played a key role in the Rising.

The wreaths marked the first shots fired during the rebellion.

A number of events were also held in Northern Ireland, including a republican parade in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

It followed a day after a national day of commemoration when hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin for a huge military parade - the largest in the history of the state.

The Easter Rising was a military failure for the revolutionaries, but it ultimately led to the War of Independence and the creation of the Republic.

More than 450 people were killed and 2,500 injured during the fighting.

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Monday's synchronised wreath-laying ceremonies were organised by the Irish Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

They began in Cork on Monday morning, when the acting Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, laid wreaths alongside the lord mayors of County Cork and Cork city.

Wreath-laying was also organised at Rathcross, Ashbourne, County Meath, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, County Wexford and Athenry, County Galway.

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The Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

The Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gerry Adams

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Gerry Adams Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Gerry Adams

Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Gerry Adams Belfast , UK - March 27, Pictured is the Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.
Those marching are we
aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands.

Picture by  Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The parade began at Divis Tower at noon and made its way to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery. Those marching are we aring period dress, and the parade includes horse-drawn carriages, uniforms, memorabilia of the time and flute bands. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast 
Photo by Kevin Scott/Presseye

Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast Photo by Kevin Scott/Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter  Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016
Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th March 2016 Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

Hundreds of people line the streets of west Belfast for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture by Jonathan Porter Press Eye.

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The Centenary 1916 Easter Commemoration parade as it makes its way along the Falls Road in Belfast on March 27, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

In Galway the day's events included planting of seven oak trees, a reading of the Proclamation and the raising of the national flag.

In Dublin, wreaths were laid at various buildings and landmarks around the Irish capital that became focal points during the rebellion.

Other wreath-laying spots included Boland's Mill, Jacob's Factory, Dublin Castle/City Hall, The Four Courts, Royal College of Surgeons and Moore Street, where rebels took up positions a century ago.

The acting Minister For Environment, Alan Kelly, laid a wreath at Jacob's biscuit factory which was seized by up to 100 Irish Volunteers on that Easter Monday in 1916.

Members of the public who attended the commemoration sang along as a piper played the Irish national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann - The Soldier's Song.

Later, Irish President Michael D Higgins suggested Britain's "imperial triumphalism" be re-examined in the same way as Irish republicanism has been over recent years.

In a keynote speech at an event marking Ireland's Easter Rising against British rule a century ago, Mr Higgins said there has been much discussion of violence by Irish nationalists at the turn of the last century.

But he noted the "supremacist and militarist imperialism" of Britain over the same time had not been reviewed with "the same fault-finding edge".

"In the context of 1916, this imperial triumphalism can be traced, for example, in the language of the (British Army) recruitment campaigns of the time, which evoked mythology, masculinity and religion, and glorified the Irish blood as having 'reddened the earth of every continent'," he said.

"But this is for another day."

Mr Higgins made the remarks at a talk entitled Remembering 1916 at Dublin's Mansion House, home of the first independent parliament in Ireland after the rebellion.


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