It seems as though you can get a 1916 edition of just about anything this year – everything from coins and magnets to shopping bags and t-shirts. If you’re paying a visit to the capital or heading in for the upcoming 1916 commemorations this Easter weekend, you should definitely invest in the limited edition 1916 Family Leap Card, which allows two adults and two children (up to the age of 18) to travel around the city for 24 hours for a mere €10.
The card doesn’t just cover the Luas, but also Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, DART and commuter rail services within the Greater Dublin area. A total of 50,000 cards have been made available. Valid until December 31st 2016, the cards will expire 24 hours after their first use.
Hurry though – the special commemorative card is available for a limited time only.
Unsure about what to see once you’ve arrived? There’s plenty to do, see and experience, particularly this month. Saturday March 26th will see a commemorative ceremony held in the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square. One of the biggest events of the year will take place the following day on Easter Sunday – following a reading of the Proclamation on the steps of the GPO, a laying of a wreath by President Michael D. Higgins and a rendition of the Irish national anthem, the Defence Forces will lead a parade from St. Stephen’s Green to Parnell Square via the GPO. Wreath-laying ceremonies will also take place at Kilmainham Gaol and Glasnevin Cemetary.
Other events include:
Easter Monday March 28th – RTE 1916: Reflecting the Rising (multi-location events)
Tuesday March 29th – Opening of the GPO Witness History exhibition
Tuesday March 29 – State ceremony to commemorate the role of James Connolly and the Irish Citizen Army
Wednesday March 30 – Opening of the extended visitor centre at Kilmainham Gaol
For more information on what’s going on this year, visit www.ireland.ie.