Defence Forces 2016

How Óglaigh na hÉireann will play a key role in the State’s Commemorative Programme

Flags for Schools Initiative

To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and to celebrate 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the Government has tasked Óglaigh na hÉireann with delivering a National Flag to every Primary School in the country.


State Commemoration Ceremony and Parade

This is the Easter Sunday State Commemoration Ceremony and Parade to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. A reading of the 1916 Proclamation and a minutes silence at the GPO followed by a parade will take place on Easter Sunday.


1916 - 2016

A Remembrance

State Commemoration Ceremony

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The Defence Forces Cap Badge

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]

Ireland 2016

Ireland 2016 is the State’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising. It encompasses a broad spectrum of seven key strands in honour of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, including State Ceremonial, Historical Reflection and Community Participation. Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in representing our citizens and ensuring the success of Ireland 2016.

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