Easter Monday – the Rising remembered
Dublin, 9 April 1917 - Along with the usual religious observances, Easter this year has seen a number of events commemorating the rebellion that took place in Dublin last year.
At Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday (Easter Sunday), 100 girls placed wreaths trimmed with green, white and orange on the graves of republicans who were shot during the rebellion. The girls then stood by the graves and offered prayers in Irish for the souls of the dead. A strong force of police at the cemetery did not seek to intervene.
In Dublin city centre earlier today, there was much commotion when a Republican flag was raised to half-mast over the rubble of the GPO. The flag was placed there by a young man wearing ‘an ancient Irish costume’.
A small party of men and women also waved a tricolor on the summit of Nelson’s Pillar. This was greeted with cheering – and more cheering again when the party descended.
Here and there around the city small copies of the Easter Proclamation were posted. They bore the slogan: ‘The Irish Republic Still Lives.’
Two men were arrested in Sackville street area when a scuffle erupted and shop windows were broken after police ordered the flag to be cut down. Later in the day there was some stone-throwing around the Talbot Street area, but it remained of relatively minor importance.
Around the country masses were held in memory of those who died during the rebellion.
In Cork Cathedral, a memorial mass was celebrated by Rev M. O’Sullivan. The church was well filled and at the conclusion of the mass the congregation sang ‘Hail Glorious St Patrick’.
[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]