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Easter Rising relatives criticise plans to remember British soldiers who died in 1916

The Chapel in Glasnevin Cemetery, where the Necrology Wall is slated to be unveiled. (Picture:
The Chapel in Glasnevin Cemetery, where the Necrology Wall is slated to be unveiled. (Picture:

RELATIVES of the Easter Rising rebels have criticised plans by Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery to build a wall commemorating everyone who died in the Rising – including British soldiers.

A necrology wall is being planned by the trust that looks after Glasnevin Cemetery, due to be completed in 2016.

It would bear the names of all 485 people who died in the Easter Rising – including 107 British soldiers.

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“That those who fought for their country and/or who lost their lives for their country should share a commemorative plaque or monument of any kind with those who on behalf of British Rule summarily abused and executed them could not be tolerated to any degree,” 1916 Relatives Association spokeswoman Deirdre Nic Éanruig told The Irish Post.

The plans for the wall were announced in October of last year, after the Glasnevin Trust collated the names of every person who lost their life in the battle between April 24 and April 29, 1916.

Many of the key figures from the Easter Rising, which kick-started Irish independence, were laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery – some after being executed by British soldiers.

Glasnevin is also the final resting place for Roger Casement, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins and former Irish President Eamon de Valera.

Ms Nic Éanruig said that the group find the plans “abhorrent”.

“The membership of the Association were clearly of the opinion that the very idea of this wall was abhorrent to them,” she said.

The group has arranged to meet with the Glasnevin Trust tonight to express their formal opposition to the plans.

As it stands, the wall is slated to be unveiled this year.

A total of 485 people died in the Easter Rising – 262 civilians, 107 British soldiers, 58 rebels and 13 policemen.

A Glasnevin Trust spokesperson was unavailable for comment when contacted by The Irish Post.


James Mulhall

James Mulhall is a reporter with The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @JamzMulhall

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8 comments on “Easter Rising relatives criticise plans to remember British soldiers who died in 1916”

  1. Doojeen Doonican

    This story beggars belief - what a shower of bitter twisted diehard bastards the 1916 Relatives Association must be, but I suppose it shows up the nastiness and mean spiritedness at the heart of extreme Republicanism

  2. Boston USA

    I'm not sure about honoring the British troops. However, with some of the sell outs with Irish names in politics in the Republic and 6 counties going to these commemorations, I don't know which is worse?

  3. Bernie

    Let's honour all who died for their beliefs no matter what side they fought on . Let them rest in peace

  4. Michael Moroney

    James Mulhall, would you please amend your article. Ramon De Valera was not executed in 1916. He did not die till 1975. Do you know anything about Ireland?

  5. Michael Moroney

    The above "Ramon" is a misprint. I intended to say "Eamon".

    • Boston USA

      @ Michael. One of the things that saved DeValera from execution was that he was born here in the U.S.. He was born in New York City.

  6. Pat

    All names should be listed. Let's not airbrush history - far too much of that in the past.

  7. ron

    Would Irish people of 1911 (the "West British") recognise or approve after voting for dominion status of how this useless bloodshed, leading to a civil war came to divide their island permanently? I doubt it. Too many wrapped up in toilet paper versions of history written by post partition ultra nationalists. Irish families fought for Britain and for Ireland on both sides.
    A civil war although indpendence was assured in 1912 - what was there to fight over other than a delay? I dont think those executed understood they were going to leave as a legacy, which was hate.


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