An interfaith service to remember all those who died during the 1916 Rising took place yesterday (Sunday April 3) in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Representatives of all the main faith communities participated, including Archbishop Michael Jackson.
My colleague Helen Brooker and I attended on behalf of Pretani Associates at the invitation of the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
The service featured the unveiling of the Remembrance Wall which is inscribed with the names of all those who lost their lives during the Rising; Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, British Army, Dublin Metropolitan Police, Royal Irish Constabulary, as well as civilians, including children.
The Taoiseach laid a wreath and schoolchildren from the locality unveiled the wall in the cemetery which is the site where James Connolly and Michael Collins, among others, are buried.
The Necrology Wall, as it is officially titled, was inspired by the International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette in France. The French memorial records in alphabetical order without any distinction of nationality, rank or religion the names of soldiers from all sides who lost their lives in the battlefields of Northern France during World War I. The Dublin memorial was organised by the Glasnevin Trust.