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Dublin’s Easter Weekend Events

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Easter is always a special time to be in Dublin city. However, 2016 is a year of remarkable significance. To mark the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary, numerous events will be occurring throughout Ireland's capital to pay tribute on this momentous occasion. And with several other thrilling Easter festivities also taking place, this is one weekend you won't want to miss in the city...

Garden of Remembrance Ceremony

With a number of events being held in Dublin honouring the 1916 Rising, the Garden of Remembrance Ceremony will be one of the most meaningful. Held on March 26, the event promises cultural elements including readings, poetry and music, finishing with a formal State Commemoration of the Irish Volunteers. This two-part ceremony will be a solemn yet uplifting occasion that celebrates the lives of those who died during the the uprising.

Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony and Parade

Perhaps the most noteworthy and impressive event taking place over the Easter weekend is the Commemoration Ceremony and Parade. Starting at the picturesque St. Stephens Green at 10am on Easter Sunday, the procession, led by the Defence Forces in full military display, will march through some of the city’s historical high points including Parliament Street, Westmoreland Street and O’ Connell Street.
As the parade passes by the imposing GPO, it will temporarily pause for the Commemoration Ceremony at 12pm. Beginning with the reading of the 1916 Proclamation under the GPO’s striking Portico, the president will then lay a wreath on behalf of the Irish people, followed by a minute's silence, the raising of the Irish tricolour and playing of the National Anthem. Finishing at 3pm on Bolton Street, this 1916 Rising tribute is sure to be an emotive and historic event.

Easter Monday Synchronised Wreath-laying Ceremonies

The 1916 Rising services continue on into Monday with the Easter Monday Synchronised Wreath-laying Ceremonies. Six significant locations including Dublin Castle, the Four Courts and the National Archives will be taking part as two wreaths are laid at these iconic sites at 1.15pm, the very time that the first shots were fired 100 years ago.

RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising

Continuing with the tributes, RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising is an event sure to add a fun and informative twist to the celebrations. A mix of walks, talks and tours will be happening from 11am to 6pm on Easter Monday. With intriguing topics including ‘The Social Network: Willie Pearse, the arts and the revolutionary generation’, ‘James Connolly and the Women of the Rising’ and ‘Rebel Doctors and the Rising’, you are bound to discover some fascinating titbits about this important time in Dublin’s past.

Reflecting the Rising image via Irish Examiner

Easter Sunday: Newsreel Cine-Concert

Offering a unique and distinctive view of the 1916 Rising is the News Cine-Concert. Held in the Irish Film Institute at 4pm on Easter Sunday, an assortment of Irish, British, German and American newsreels from 100 years ago will be presented. And to bring the newsreels to life, world-renowned harpist Cormac de Barra will provide a charming musical accompaniment.

Easter Sunday: Newsreel Cine-Concert image via Irish Central

Dublin Zoo Egg-Stravaganza

If it’s more traditional, family-focused Easter entertainment you are looking for, then the Dublin Zoo’s Easter Egg-Stravaganza is a must. This annual affair will take place on Easter Sunday and Monday at 12pm and is packed full of festivities. Revellers will get to take part in the Easter trail, learn about the zoo’s animals through informative keeper talks and even get to meet the Easter Bunny at the Bunny Hop Disco.
For the fourth year in a row, the picturesque Malahide Castle will welcome visitors to their Easter Trail on Easter Sunday. Armed with a map, explorers can venture throughout the castle’s quaint botanical gardens solving mysteries and winning an Easter surprise. And to finish the day, a wizard will be enchanting the crowds by performing a mesmerising magic show for all the attendees.

Dublin Zoo Egg-Stravaganza Image via Magic Mum

The Dublin Walking Festival

For those in search of a particularly vitalising weekend, the Dublin Walking Festival is one to check out. This three-day event is for novices and experts alike and will take hikers around some of The Dublin Wicklow Mountains’ most scenic and inspiring walks including The Dublin Mountains Way trail, The Wicklow Way and Bohernabreena. Trekkers will also be rewarded with breaks at some of Dublin’s most popular pubs, making it a gratifying and adventurous way to spend your long Easter weekend.