State Commemoration to mark the Anniversary of the 1916 Rising, Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019
A Ceremony to mark the Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising will take place outside the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin on Easter Sunday 21 April 2019 commencing at 12 noon.
The Ceremony will be led by the President Michael D. Higgins, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D. and the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe T.D.
Defence Forces Personnel, including a brass band, a pipe band and representatives of the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service will take part in the Ceremony, which will (weather permitting) conclude with an Air Corps fly past.
At noon the National Flag on top of the GPO will be lowered and the 1916 Proclamation will be read by an Officer from the Defence Forces.
The President will then lay a wreath to commemorate those who died in 1916. A minute’s silence will be observed.
Members of the public are invited to attend the Ceremony and should be in position in the public viewing areas outside the GPO by 11.30 a.m. These are located at the Clery’s side of O’Connell Street and at the north and south ends of the G.P.O. An area has been reserved for wheelchair users. Large video screens will also be erected on either side of the GPO to relay the Ceremony to the public and a Commemorative Programme will be distributed on the day.