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Marking the Easter Rising

21 April 2016

Sunday, April 24 marks the 100th anniversary, to the very day, when the Easter Rising began in Dublin, Ireland.

That Easter Monday, a group of Irish nationalists proclaimed the establishment of the Irish Republic and, along with some 1,600 followers, staged a rebellion against the British government in Ireland. They seized prominent buildings in Dublin and clashed with British troops.

Over the following days fierce fighting took place in the streets of Dublin. The fighting lasted a week and resulted in many military and civilian casualties.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates  115 military casualties who died during the events of the Rising. Although the majority of those who died are buried in Ireland, graves and memorials can be found in 23 locations across the UK and Ireland - including Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin, where 70 are buried.

More information about the Rising can be found on the Irish Government's Ireland 1916 website at http://www.ireland.ie/