Tens of thousands of people have attended a parade in Dublin commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule. The parade passed the General Post Office, HQ of the Rising.
The parade began at Dublin Castle, former British seat of power and saw some 2,500 defence force personnel march through Dublin.
UN veterans joined members of the Defence Forces and Garda at the two hour spectacle.
President MaryMcAleese laid a wreath at the GPO building and a minute's silence was held in commemoration of all civilian and military personnel, including the British, killed in 1916.
Paddy Cummins, relative of a 1916 combatant, met up with Terry De Valera - son of Eamon De Valera, one of the Rising's leaders and founding father of the Fianna Fail party.
A wreath laying ceremony also took place at Kilmainham Jail, where 15 of the Rising's leaders were executed by the British.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern greeted Father Joseph Mallin, the last surviving child of an executed commander, at the jail, ahead of a state reception in the evening.