Ceremonies taking place today to honour centenary of 1916 signatories executions

President Michael D Higgins has named the East Link Toll Bridge the Tom Clarke Bridge at a formal ceremony this morning.

This ceremony coincides with the centenary of the execution of Thomas Clarke, the first signatory of the Proclamation.

The ceremony took place on the south side of the bridge and attendees included Sabina Coyne Higgins, an tÁrdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh, together with public representatives, members of the Tom Clarke Memorial Committee and others who supported the campaign for the bridge naming.

In February 2016 the Tom Clarke Memorial Committee brought an official application to Dublin City Council’s Commemorative Naming Committee requesting that the East Link Bridge be named the ‘Tom Clarke Bridge’.

This application was approved by the Committee and a report was submitted to the March meeting of Dublin City Council recommending it. The Council approved the request and arrangements for Tuesday’s ceremony were put in place.

Centenary ceremonies are also taking place at Kilmainham Gaol this morning to mark the executions of Clarke, Padraig Pearse, and Thomas MacDonagh.

Individual ceremonies to commemorate the executions of the 14 leaders of the 1916 Rising will take place until 12 May at the Stonebreakers Yard.

At each ceremony, trial documents relating to the charge against the accused man will be read, as well as the plea that was entered, the verdict of the court and the witness statements provided.

A Capuchin Friars member will read from the memoirs of the individual Friar who attended each of the men prior to their execution.

The ceremonies will be attended by a minister and relatives of each of the leaders.