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Dignified approach: the 1916 commemoration brought the city to a standstill

Dignified approach: the 1916 commemoration brought the city to a standstill

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Dignified approach: the 1916 commemoration brought the city to a standstill

Arlene wasn't available and Mike seemingly had other things to do. So somebody had to go. In fairness I doubt very much if I was the only observer from a unionist background who went down at the weekend to view the Dublin commemoration of the 1916 Rising.

But I do wonder if the unionist parties didn't miss a trick by having some representative there. True, there's an election in the offing up here, so that was always going to make it tricky.

But if the Queen can do outreach. And do it so magnificently and heal wounds in the process...

As has been pointed out in many quarters the message loud and clear from Sunday's main event was that this was commemoration not celebration. An inclusive marking of the loss on all sides.

And with the surprisingly large scale show of state military might, it was also a pointed salute to real soldiers. Not masked paramilitaries.

Throughout Dublin there are various exhibitions to remember the events of that tumultuous week in 1916 and the people - all the people - who died as a result.

In St Stephen's Green, there were information boards describing where and how the action unfolded. I'm not sure what the '1916 Vegetable Patch' had to do with anything though...

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As the parade commenced large screens carried footage of commemorative events happening simultaneously elsewhere in the city.

It was all very impressive and dignified. The march past of armed forces particularly so. The blue-capped ranks of UN soldiers and the placards referring to previous deployment in the Congo, the Lebanon and Chad, a reminder of the Irish Army's contribution in the wider world.

On the video screens a commentator was intoning the names of various flag carriers. At one point a Lieutenant Hugh Orde was mentioned. Surely not...?

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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)

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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: 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)

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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: 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)

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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)

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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)

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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: 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)

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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)

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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: 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)

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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: 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)

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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: 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)

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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)

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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: 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)

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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: 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)

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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: 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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 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)

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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)

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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: 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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 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)

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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)

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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)

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)

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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.
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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

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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.
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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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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(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

(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

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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 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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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)

The marching men and women were warmly applauded by the crowds. But touchingly as the parade ended and a straggle of young Garda officers who'd been on duty at the rear made their way along the street there was a sudden, spontaneous, hearty burst of applause for them, too. They smiled appreciatively. One poor fella looked mortified.

Down outside what was the old Parliament building the big screen coverage was as close as we could get to the main action on O'Connell Street.

Earlier I'd asked a hotel doorman the best way to get near O'Connell Street. "You can't get into O'Connell Street," he said. Then appraising me anew, he added: "Unless, of course, you're a dignitary." I wasn't a dignitary I assured him. "No," he agreed. "Few of us ever are."

The spectacular fly-past made the crowd cheer. The break in the big screen coverage, just as the band performing Danny Boy reached a crescendo, made them laugh.

The atmosphere was warm and - back to that word - dignified.

In all the speeches, in all the gestures there was obvious effort to be inclusive. Up here on both sides, we tend to translate "inclusive" as being all about us. But the 1916 blood-letting left in its wake division that still lingers in the Republic, too.

One restaurateur told me he was against the commemoration because as a "constitutional nationalist" he could not ever forgive the violence of the Rising. Also, he believed it had copper-fastened Partition. The difficult complexity of the past is not confined to our side of the border.

Nor is (and this always amuses me) corporate ingenuity at cashing in on national events - occasionally with more enthusiasm than good taste.

An old ledger in the window of a jewellers which had opened just three weeks before that Easter 1916 showed records of the shop closed as the fighting raged. A fancy dress shop offered 1916 regalia, including for women, the 'Countess'.

Meanwhile, the Ann Summers shop window had a bra in emerald green...

A rising of sorts I suppose.

Clarkson hits below belt with latest jibe

According to Jeremy Clarkson (remember him): “The only people who turn up to watch women’s boxing are the immediate families of those taking part. And a few sexual deviants.”

He also says sports women shouldn’t be paid the same as sports men.

Should we be outraged and kick up a fuss? Nah. Jeremy has to keep himself in the news as he awaits the return of his new TV car show.

He is a master at headline hogging.

Expect more of the same from here on in.

Obama barracked by feisty Fidel

Oh dear. Not everyone has been impressed by US president Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. Awkwardly enough this includes former Cuban president Fidel Castro.

In a long-winded letter to state media he even accuses Obama of speaking “syrupy” words of reconciliation which could give Cubans a heart attack.

The 89-year-old Fidel, whose brother Raul now runs the show in Cuba, also suggests Mr Obama should keep his nose out of Cuban politics. Not a great one for Hand of History moments then, Fidel.


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