The Queen has agreed to help Ireland mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin which inspired Ireland’s war of independence and marked the beginning of the end of British rule there.
The Queen said her family will “stand alongside” the Irish people when they mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Ireland. The centenary is to be celebrated in 2016.
The comments are a clear hint that a senior member of the Royal family will go to Dublin to mark the anniversary, an iconic moment in Irish national folklore.
The suggestion of a royal visit to mark the Easter rising in 1916, the rebellion that inspired Ireland’s war of independence, first came from the Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny said he hoped British royal visits could become normal in Ireland. He said: “We have got to move on and not be blocked by the past.”
Kevin McCann’s film “1916 Rising” is scheduled to be part of the centenary celebrations.