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Sinn Féin to commemorate O’Donovan Rossa

24 July, 2015

Sinn Féin are carrying out a full scale re-enactment of the O'Donovan Rossa Funeral on the exact 100th anniversary date and time on Saturday 1st August 2015 as their first event of their 2016 Centenary programme.

Bartle D'Arcy, Sinn Féin 1916 Co-ordinator, said.

“There is huge interest in our first 2016 event with our cemetery passes gone in 12 hours, many relatives of people who were there in 1915 are attending, and BBC are covering the event.

“At midday, the Cabra Historical group will provide a Guard of Honour for the lying in state of the O'Donovan Rossa casket in the Rotunda of Dublin City Hall. The City Hall oration by Rev. M. Flanagan will be performed at 1 pm and the casket will be removed to the horse drawn hearse at 1.30pm.

“The Historical cortege led by the O'Neil/Allsop marching band will depart from City Hall at 2pm and proceed along the original route through Westmoreland St, up O'Connell St Parnell Sq. West, onto Berkley Road, Cabra Road and finally Finglas Rd to Glasnevin arriving at 3pm. The public are encouraged to come out to watch the parade pass on the streets as in 1915 and to wear period dress.

“The allocation of Cemetery tickets is now complete and there will be no entry to Glasnevin for this event without the Cemetery Pass issued by organisers. Across the road in Claremont Park, a big screen will relay the graveside activity including a new 1916 song by Pete St John ‘The Spirit of the Gael’ performed live by Red Hurley and the famous Pearse oration.

“People attending any or all of the re-enactment should look at for travel advice and there is no parking at Glasnevin on the 1st August.

“We would ask all who attend to follow the direction of the stewards and Gardaí who will be present on the day and walk in the footsteps of the 1916 leaders.” 

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