Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Online 1916 Easter Rising Necrology launched

Glasnevin Cemetery, Ireland's necropolis
An online 1916 Easter Rising Necrology was launched last night by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and John Green, Chairman of Glasnevin Trust.

The Necrology, which has been compiled by Glasnevin Trust, contains the names of all 485 people who lost their lives during or as a direct result of the 1916 rising, including innocent civilians, British soldiers and members of the Irish Volunteers. It's the first time a list of this scale has been collated and made available online.

This major piece of research revealed many interesting and previously unknown facts, the most striking of which found that the majority (54%) of the total dead were civilians, rather than British Army or Rebel forces. The full Necrology and statistical analysis is available at

The names will be engraved on a new memorial at Glasnevin Cemetery that will be unveiled on the centenary of the Rebellion.

Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: "I want to congratulate Glasnevin Trust for undertaking this important research which will allow us to remember and honour every individual who lost their life during the 1916 Rising. It brings home to us the very real impact that the events of Easter 1916 had on ordinary members of the public as well as those directly involved in the Rising itself. I am particularly pleased that this material is now available, as we in Government continue our work to develop a comprehensive and inclusive programme of events to commemorate the Easter Rising."