A military parade and ceremony outside the General Post Office in Dublin began events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Veterans from 1916 and the War of Independence took their place in the reviewing stand at the GPO. President de Valera along with his aide de camp, Colonel Seán Brennan, inspected the FCA guard before taking their place in the stand.

Thousands of people young and old lined the route awaiting the parade. Shortly after noon the Irish Defence Forces led by the 
Parade Commander, Colonel Dan Fitzgerald, crossed O'Connell Bridge in an open jeep. Many of the soldiers marching wore medals for service with the United Nations.

Members of the Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Air, Medical and Military Police Corps all marched. Representing the Navy were members of An Slua Muiri. Four Vampire jets and helicopters flew over the parade.