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Annual State Commemorations

Published: 14 December 2018
From: Department of the Taoiseach

Each year a number of State Commemorations are held to mark significant events in Irish history.

Information on Annual Commemorations is provided below with contact details for the Government Department with responsibility for the organisation of each event.

Easter Sunday: Commemoration to mark the Anniversary of the 1916 Rising

A ceremony to mark the Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising is held at noon outside the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin on Easter Sunday. The Ceremony is led by the President of Ireland, An Taoiseach and the Minister of State with responsibility for Defence.

Defence Forces Personnel, including a brass band, a pipe band and representatives of the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service take part in the Ceremony, which concludes with an Air Corps fly past. At noon the National Flag is lowered and the 1916 Proclamation is read by an Officer from the Defence Forces. The President lays a wreath to commemorate those who died in 1916, which is followed by a minute’s silence.

The ceremony is open to the public and attendees are required to be in attendance at 11:30 a.m.

Department with lead responsibility: Department of the Taoiseach.

Email protocol@taoiseach.gov.ie for further information.

Daniel O'Connell Commemoration

A ceremony to mark the Anniversary of the death of Daniel O'Connell takes place in Glasnevin Cemetery on the Sunday closest to the 14th May, the date on which he died.

The ceremony has been held annually since 2010 and includes a Wreath Laying Ceremony and Commemoration Lecture. The ceremony is open to the public.

Email info@glasnevintrust.ie for further information on this event.

1916 Commemoration at Arbour Hill

The Annual 1916 Commemoration Ceremony takes place on the first Wednesday on or after 3rd May of each year at the Church of the Most Sacred Heart Arbour Hill, Dublin 7. The ceremony is hosted by the Minister with responsibility for Defence and consists of Requiem Mass and ceremonies at the Grave for the 1916 Leaders. The President lays a wreath to commemorate those who died in 1916.

Department with lead responsibility: Department of Defence

Email executive@defence.ie for further information.

National Famine Commemoration

The first National Famine Commemoration was held in 2008, following a Government decision to commemorate the Great Famine with an annual memorial day. Each year the commemoration represents an opportunity for the modern generation to remember the devastating impact which the Great Famine had on this country.

The commemoration has been held during May on 6 occasions since 2009.

The National Famine Commemoration is unique among State Commemorations in that the venue changes from year to year. The ceremony programme comprises two parts the first of which is a community event organised by the host community and local authority with support from Department staff which culminates in the keynote speech by the presiding officer usually the President or Taoiseach. This is followed by the formal State ceremonial event, which includes military honours and wreath laying ceremonies. The ceremony is open to the public.

Department with lead responsibility: Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Email faminecomemoration@chg.gov.ie for further information.

Somme Commemoration

A commemoration ceremony organised by the Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland is held every year at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin 8. The ceremony takes place on the Saturday before the Annual National Day of Commemoration event, which takes place on the Sunday closest to the 11th July every year. The Ceremony is open to the public.

Email adminroi@britishlegion.org.uk for further information.

National Day of Commemoration

The National Day of Commemoration is held on the Sunday closest to the 11th July, the date on which, in 1921, the Anglo-Irish Truce was agreed. The event normally takes place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, but on two occasions in the past it has on taken place in Collins Barracks to facilitate maintenance works in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. It comprises of a multi-faith service of prayer and military ceremony commemorating all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations.

During the ceremony the Taoiseach invites the President to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland. Other invited guests include members of the Government, Council of State, elected Representatives,

Diplomatic Corps, Judiciary, relatives of 1916 participants and a large number of Veterans' Organisations.

The ceremony is open to the public, is held outdoors and commences at 10:45 a.m.

Department with lead responsibility: Department of the Taoiseach.

Email protocol@taoiseach.gov.ie for further information.