Easter Rising

The 97th anniversary of the Easter Rising falls on 24 April. Commemorations of this momentous event in Irish history usually occur on Easter weekend but it is not often that the calendar anniversary and Easter coincide. This year they are almost a month apart. In Sydney we had the usual Easter Sunday Mass at the 1798 Memorial in Waverley Cemetery, where Kerry Casey gave an interesting address on the participation in the Irish War of Independence of Australian soldiers from the First World War. In Dublin, one organisation which commemorates the calendar anniversary is Fianna Fáil. On the Sunday closest to the calendar date of the rising they host a Mass and ceremony at Arbour Hill Church and Cemetery. It was in that graveyard that the executed leaders were buried in a mass grave. So, if you missed the Easter commemorations you can catch up on Sunday 21 April.  But if you are not in Dublin, one way to do so would be to listen to Nick Rankin’s radio piece on what the British Cabinet knew about the proposed rising in the lead up to Easter weekend 1916. The BBC 4 Document program is available online.

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