Irish communities across Britain marked 1916 Rising over Easter

Irish communities across Britain marked 1916 Rising over Easter

MEMBERS of Glasgow’s Irish community held graveside ceremonies on Easter Sunday honouring Irish republicans from the city who took part in the 1916 Rising in Ireland.

Organised by the 1916 Rising Centenary Committee (Scotland), men and women from across the city came out to mark the lives of Denis Canning, Liam Gribben and Patrick James McGuire – who were Glasgow-based members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and Irish Volunteers.

“Patrick James McGuire was a native of County Fermanagh who crossed to Dublin in 1916 to take part in the Easter Rising,” Committee secretary Stephen Coyle told The Irish Post this week.

“He was later incarcerated in Stafford Prison and Frongoch internment camp.”

Mr Coyle, who chaired the proceedings on Sunday, April 10, was joined by Irish SNP councillor Feargal Dalton, who read the Irish Proclamation of Independence at the event.

The 1916 Roll of Honour was read by Philip Nua at the gathering, while Padraig Pearse’s poem The Rebel was read by Isabelle Gray, Development Manager of Glasgow's Irish Heritage Foundation.

The Easter Rising was also commemorated in Liverpool, where a parade was held in Scotland Road - a largely Irish area of the city.

Organised by Cairde na hEireann Liverpool, roughly 100 people attended the event.

The Liverpool Irish Flute Band (Banna Fluit Learpholl) was also in attendance for the parade, which organisers state “remembered the Liverpool Irish women and men from the local areas of Vauxhall, Kirkdale, Bootle and Seaforth who participated in the rising against British rule in Dublin 99 years ago”.