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Easter Rising: Events held to mark 100 years since start of rebellion

Arbour Hill is the burial place of 14 of the executed leaders Image copyright RTE
Image caption Arbour Hill is the burial place of 14 of the executed leaders

The centenary of the day the Easter Rising began has been marked with remembrance events in Dublin, Belfast and other towns and cities.

The rebellion, an attempt to overthrow British rule in Ireland, began on 24 April 1916.

Irish President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath at at Arbour Hill cemetery in Dublin, where 14 of the 16 executed leaders of the Rising are buried.

Relatives of the executed rebels attended the event.

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Image caption A remembrance service was held in Dublin

Before the wreath-laying, a remembrance service was led by the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Eamon Martin, and Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.

The Dublin cleric spoke of commemoration as not just looking to the past, but a commitment to put in place those ideals expressed in the Proclamation of Independence.

Elsewhere in the city, tens of thousands of people attended a commemorative event staged by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) at its Croke Park stadium headquarters.

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Image caption The GAA staged an Easter Rising centenary commemoration at Croke Park on Sunday

Entitled 'Laochra' (warriors), the event featured music, dancing and poetry and culminated in a rendition of the Irish national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann (The Soldier's Song).

A number of flag-raising ceremonies took place in various locations in the Republic of Ireland on Sunday including Longford, Louth, Roscommon, Waterford and Sligo.

Several parades have been held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to commemorate the centenary.

A protest was held by loyalists at a flashpoint at Royal Avenue, but the parade passed off peacefully. The main parade made its way to Milltown cemetery in the west of the city.

The Easter Rising was quelled within six days by British troops, but despite its failure it is seen as a significant stepping stone to the partition of Ireland and the eventual creation of the Republic of Ireland.

More than 450 people were killed and 2,500 injured during the fighting.

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Image caption The scene at Arbour Hill on Sunday morning

Last month, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin where a parade marked the culmination of a series of centenary commemorations organised by the Irish government.

The military parade was the largest ever staged in the Republic of Ireland.

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Image caption A number of parades were held in Belfast to commemorate the Rising

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