The Easter Rising of 1916 has been commemorated around the country today with a military ceremony in O'Connell Street in Dublin.

The ceremony, led by President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, involved prayers of remembrance, a reading of the Proclamation and the laying of a wreath by the President.

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Meanwhile, Glasnevin Cemetery held commemorations to honour those who died Easter week 1916.

Wreath laying ceremonies took place at the Sigerson Monument and the graves of Edward Hollywood, the man who delivered the first tricolour flag to Ireland from France, and Peadar Kearney, composer of Ireland's first national anthem.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, was joined by Sarah Tiffan, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, Ambassador Stéphane Crouzat on behalf of the French Embassy in Ireland, members of the Irish Defence Forces and Chairman of Glasnevin Trust, John Green.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Madigan said: "It is a great honour for me to represent the Government at this ceremony of remembrance to commemorate all those who died in the cause of Irish freedom during Easter Week 1916.  

"We remember in a special way those who rest in peace in this cemetery and the creators of our two great symbols of nationhood".

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