Ford to attend interfaith service for all victims of Easter Rising

David Ford is to attend an interfaith service for all victims of the Easter Rising at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

The event will see the unveiling of a was inscribed with the names of all those who lost their lives during the Rising namely members of Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, British Army, Dublin Metropolitan Police and Royal Irish Constabulary, as well as civilians.

Speaking about the decision, Ford said;

This memorial is inspired by the International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette in France, which records names from all sides of the First World War battlefields in alphabetical order without any distinction of nationality, rank or religion.

To do so with those who died in the Easter Rising shows a mature, respectful way to commemorate the events of Easter 1916. It is vital we explore the consequences of violence and do not seek to glorify it.

Alliance recognises the importance of the decade of centenaries and we have considered all invitations to events on an individual basis. The centenaries have an important place, given we must all respect and learn from history. Our attendance at commemorative events which uphold the principles of reconciliation and building a shared future reflects that.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs

  • Zig70

    bloody unionists, only playing if we wear sackcloth. The invites will stop soon enough.

  • Kevin Breslin

    He forgot Cumman na mBan or even any English translation of it.

  • Here we go again. Republicans telling unionists and everyone else how they should engage with the Rising commemorations. It speaks volumes of the so-called inclusiveness of the commemorations.

  • Granni Trixie

    You mean he left off my granny and her mother from the list?

  • Pasty

    The UVF, who murdered and butchered hundreds during the troubles claim to be the descendants and connected in history to the “Old UVF” of 1912 and the “36th Division” which was made up of the UVF who signed up to die for King and Country in the Kings fight against his Cousin the Kaiser. The English branch of the family whose name was Saxe-Coberg but changed to Windsor to hold onto their throne and loyal subjects.
    Mr Ford put the argument that he couldn’t go the 1916 commemorations for the reason that people today, or the IRA, claim the line here. We all wait to see how Mr Ford will untangle the claims of the UVF in order to lay wreaths at the 36ths Somme Celebrations along with todays UVF members who will no doubt be there in numbers.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Pasty, the myth of UVF=36th Division has been considerably undermined by the researches of the historian Tim Bowman, pretty much the current expert on this area of research. Tim’s “Carson’s Army” is an most interesting read for anyone who believes that political myths simply bog us down. The individual battalion recruitment committees records for 1914 at PRONI show that regular army battalions earmarked to be simply a transfer of the members of UVF “Regiments” frequently found only 50% of battalion numbers were filled in actuality by those who actually took the king’s shilling. Anecdotally, although most Irish Volunteers from the north who enlisted enlisted in the Connaught Rangers, individual Catholics sometimes joined their personal protestant friends by enlisting in what are now mythically thought of as UVF filled battalions. While undoubtably the 36th Division had a sizeable number of UVF members in its ranks, there were many also there also who had not been politically aligned. It is as misleading for the UVF to claim their ownership of the 36th Division as it is for PIRA to have claimed to have simply continued the work of NICRA in their own campaign.