Republicans set to mark the 1916 Rising - guide to what's on

Republicans across the north will mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising this weekend
Connla Young

Thousands of republicans will gather across the north this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

The largest parade in Ireland is expected to take place past the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin on Sunday.

Thousands of members of the Irish army and emergency services will take part in the Irish government organised parade.

Up to half a million people are expected to visit Dublin for a series of events taking place in the coming days.

Dozens of parades will also be held in the coming days on both sides of the border to mark the centenary throughout the Easter period.

Sinn Féin members will take part in march organised by Belfast National Graves at noon on Sunday.

The march will start at Hamill Street in the Lower Falls area before making its way to Milltown Cemetery.

The party will also hold several parades and wreath laying ceremonies across the north over the weekend.

Earlier Falls Cultural Society will start its annual parade at Barrack Street before proceeding to a local memorial garden.

Outside Belfast a parade organised by the National Republican Commemoration Committee will take place in Coalisland, Co Tyrone, on Sunday.

The march will begin at nearby Clonoe at 3pm before making its way to St Patrick’s Hall in the town.

St Patrick’s Hall has special significance for republicans after volunteers who were meant to take part in the rising gathered there before eventually being ordered to return home.

The following day Tyrone Nationals Graves Association will hold its annual parade in Carrickmore at 3pm.

Republican Sinn Féin will hold an annual parade in Lurgan, County Armagh, at 1pm today.

The party will also hold various wreath-laying ceremonies across Ireland in the coming days.

Éirigí members will attend its annual parade in Belfast at 1pm on Monday under the auspices of the Irish Republican Commemoration.

Those taking part will assembly close to the former home of executed leader James Connolly on the Falls Road before proceeding to the Harbinson Plot at Milltown cemetery.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement will take part in the National 1916 Commemoration Committee parade in Dublin at 12 noon on Monday.

Participants will leave the Garden of Remembrance before making their way to the GPO and on to Arbour Hill.

Meanwhile, members of the Irish Republican Socialist Party will gather at Liberty Hall in Dublin at 12.30 today before marching along O’Connell’s Street to the city’s Garden of Remembrance.

The party will hold a march in Belfast on the calendar anniversary of the Rising on April 24.

Republican Network for Unity will hold its annual Na Fianna hÉireann commemoration at Ardoyne Avenue in north Belfast today at 2pm.

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