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Leinster House kicks off celebration of 100 years of Dáil Éireann

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl, right, at Leinster House with characters representing different stages of Irish social and cultural life, to mark the launch of the Houses of the Oireachtas programme of events for Dail100. Picture by Niall Carson/PA
Aoife Moore, Press Association

LEINSTER House will host two days of the Dail100 Experience as part of the centenary commemorations running throughout 2019, beginning on January 19.

On Tuesday, the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl welcomed actors playing historical figures to the home of the Irish parliament.

They included Lord Edward Fitzgerald, the fifth son of the 1st Duke of Leinster (responsible for building Leinster House), an aristocrat and revolutionary who was commander-in-chief of the United Irishmen and one of the leaders who organised the rebellion of 1798, and Lady Emily Lennox, the Duchess of Leinster.

Arriving in a 1916 Ford Model T4, the actors, dressed in historical garb, joked with the ceann comhairle in front of waiting photographers.

The programme will showcase the history of Leinster House and the evolution of Irish democracy through the decades.

Characters representing different stages of Irish social and cultural life will entertain the public and visitors as they tour Leinster House.

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