A small group of people held Republican flags in protest near the cemetery amid reports of minor scuffles, a British flag set alight and a 15-year old arrested for throwing a firework.
A Remembrance Wall showing the names of EVERYONE who died during the Easter Rising was unveiled at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin last Sunday in an inter-faith service.
Glasnevin, which houses the graves of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, also has a Commonwealth War Graves monument to those Irish killed fighting for British forces in the First and Second World Wars.
This latest memorial, also called a Necrology Wall, unveiled on Sunday bears the names of all those who died in the rebellion a hundred years ago – rebel, Crown Forces, military and civilian, adults and children. The names are displayed in simple chronological order without commentary or detail.
The designers took their inspiration from the international memorial near Arras in France that lists the names of 580,000 people killed on the western front in the First World War.
Of the nearly 500 people killed in the Rising in Dublin, more than half – 268 – were civilians or what might today be called collateral damage. The names listed on black granite include those of 119 British soldiers, some of whom are actually buried in Glasnevin.
Chairman of Glasnevin Trust John Green (pictured) explained the memorial seeks only to present the historical facts of lives lost.
He said: “Behind each and everyone of these lost lives is a story of heartbreak, no matter what side the person served on or indeed for those innocently caught up in the conflict.
“One hundred years on we believe this memorial reflects the time we live in, with the overwhelming majority of the Irish people wishing to live in peace and in reconciliation but it is for each visitor to take from the wall what they wish.”