This Sunday 24 April marks the centenary date of the 1916 Easter Rising. To mark this special anniversary, Archbishops Eamon Martin and Diarmuid Martin will concelebrate the annual 1916 Mass of Remembrance in the Church of the Sacred Heart – the church of the Defence Forces – in Arbour Hill, Dublin. Archbishop Eamon Martin will be the principal celebrant. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will preside and preach the homily.
The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, as well as members of the Government, will be in attendance at the Mass, joined by relatives of those executed following the Rising.
An inter-faith prayer service will take place after the Mass in Arbour Hill Cemetery, along with a wreath-laying by President Higgins. The adjacent military cemetery is the resting place for fourteen of the executed leaders of the Rising including Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and Major John McBride.
The Mass of Remembrance and surrounding events will be broadcast live on RTÉ One Television from 9.45am, and on RTE Radio 1 Extra and Longwave 252 from 10.00am.