It was an emotional day at Richmond Barracks yesterday, Captain Ciara Ni Ruairc read aloud the proclamation of the Irish Republic in the soldier’s gymnasium – the room where the men and women of the 1916 Rising were held and sorted prior to their courts martial and sentencing.

The significance of the occasion was grasped with great pride by all the children of Our Lady of Lourdes National School Inchicore who accepted their proclamation and national flag as part of the 2016 centenary programme.

Outside the Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh turned the sod to mark the start of a 6 month construction project, which will restore and adapt the barracks buildings into an exciting exhibition and event venue that will celebrate the incredible heritage of the buildings and the people’s history.

Images below courtesy of Jason Clarke Photography

View the official Media release and video of the Flag Ceremony here