Minister Josepha Madigan TD leads annual Easter Rising Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery

  • Tricolour raised over the Sigerson Monument
  • Wreath laying ceremonies on graves of significant figures
  • Amhrán na bhFiann sung by relative of Peadar Kearney’s
  • Minister Josepha Madigan TD to address the gathering and pay tribute to those who died


The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, leads the annual Easter Rising Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery today, Sunday 21 April 2019.

She will be joined by Counsellor Catherine Page, (British Embassy), Brigadier General Howard Berney, members of the Irish Defence Forces, Ambassador Stéphane Crouzat on behalf of the French Embassy in Ireland, and Chairman of Glasnevin Trust, John Green, to begin the nationwide day of remembrance to all those who served on Easter week in 1916.

Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The event will be marked by a number of ceremonial events including the raising of the tricolour over the Sigerson Monument and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Sigerson Monument, the grave of Edward Hollywood (the man who delivered the first tricolour flag to Ireland from France) and Peadar Kearney (composer of Ireland’s national anthem).

Minister Madigan will address the crowd and will pay tribute to those who died: over the past 187 years, people have gathered here in Glasnevin Cemetery to mark the passing of one and a half million individuals. The Cemetery has been a place for solemn and significant occasions, commemorations and the burial place of key persons in Irish History” adding the sacrifice of those who died for Irish freedom is acknowledged and perhaps better understood today and the legacy of 1916, has passed on to new generations and informed and guided our path to independence and the first 100 years of the latest chapter in Ireland’s history.

The centrepiece of the Easter events at Glasnevin is  the raising of the tricolour at 9:40 a.m. by members of the Irish Defence Forces and the playing of the national anthem by a lone piper in the main courtyard of Glasnevin Cemetery.

The Easter Sunday ceremony is also in honour of the creators of the tricolour, Edward Hollywood (1814-1873), and National Anthem composer, Peadar Kearney (1883-1942).

Wreaths will be laid at their graves along with a lone piper’s lament  followed by the singing ofAmhrán na bhFiann by relative of Peader Kearney, Ciara Considine.

John Green, Chairman of Glasnevin Trust said It’s hugely important that we continue to remember the young men and women who perished Easter week 1916. Its remembrance days like these at Glasnevin Cemetery, where so many men and women of the Easter Rising of 1916 are buried, that allow us the chance to reflect on our history as a nation. It’s a privilege for us to honour both those who lost their lives in 1916, as well as the Irish citizens that contributed in different ways like Peader Kearney and Edward Hollywood.”


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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