Ceremony to mark 100 years since the death of James Connolly took place in Dublin today

Ceremony to mark 100 years since the death of James Connolly took place in Dublin today

A ceremony has taken place in Dublin to mark 100 years since the death of James Connolly.

The Easter Rising leader was executed in Kilmainham Gaol on May 12 1916.

Earlier today, a pipe band and the Irish Citizens Army commemorative group marched from Church Street in Dublin City centre, to Arbour Hill Cemetery.

Relatives of James Connolly and the Labour Leader Joan Burton, were among those who paid tribute to James Connolly's contribution to Irish history.

SIPTU President Jack O'Connor said Connolly was a pioneering campaigner for the rights of workers in Ireland and abroad: “He was socialist and internationalist and during his short but full life, of physical and ideological struggle against capitalism, in Scotland, Ireland and the United States of America.

“He knew well that replacing the Union Jack with the green flag would not be enough to ensure the freedom of his class.”


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