C’est devant 700 descendants de personnes tuées lors du soulèvement de Pâques 1916 que le Président Michael D. Higgins a présidé ce midi une cérémonie au Jardin du Souvenir, Parnell Square, à Dublin.
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President Higgins lays wreath at Garden of Remembrance
President Michael D Higgins has laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin as a weekend of commemorations marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising get under way.
700 relatives of 78 people who died during the Rising attended the ceremony, which was on the theme of ‘Reflection and Remembrance’.
A minute’s silence was held after President Higgins laid the wreath, followed by the Last Post.
The ceremony finished with the national anthem.
Relatives of the victims are also laying wreaths following the official State service
Members of the acting government were in attendance.
Muriel McAuley, granddaughter of Thomas MacDonagh, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of Irish Republic, read a letter written by Pádraig Pearse from Kilmainham Gaol at the ceremony.
The event began with a rendition of The Parting Glass by the Island of Ireland Peace Choir.
Sabina Higgins, President Higgins’s wife, remembered Countess Constance Markievicz at Glasnevin Cemetery earlier.
This evening Mr Higgins is expected to meet the families of those killed during a special event in Dublin’s RDS.
It is expected 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.