2016 is a big a year in Irish History. This year Ireland marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, one of the biggest rebellions in our history. The Easter Rising took place in 1916 and is considered a major turning point in our fight for independence (which we would gain 6 years later). Throughout the year the Irish Government is celebrating our history in many events around the country where our nation are encouraged to Remember, Reflect and Reimagine.
“Remember our history, Reflect on our achievements as a Republic and Reimagine our future for coming generations”.
On the 24th of April my sister Emma, my sister-in-law Louise, myself and my friend Suzanne took part in the 5k Commemorative 1916 Fun Run. It was a beautiful morning in the city and the sun shone as we arrived at Mount Joy Square.
The best part of this run was that it was in the heart of the city, running past landmarks steeped in history and remembering our roots. At the start line the national anthem was played and everyone joined in, there was a serious buzz in the air! You could feel in the atmosphere how proud everyone was to be Irish and to be part of our little Island. There was so many families taking part to make memories together and celebrate the day in history. The pictures below speak for themselves. It was a day I’ll never forget!
It’s not every day you get to run through the streets of your city without being squashed on a path and stopping at lights every 5 mins. The roads were closed off, spacious and free. I stopped to snap as many pics as I could because everything just looks so much better with blue skies! We crossed the finish line at Royal Kilmainham Hospital alongside many different people, as young as 5 and as old as 75. At one point we came across a man who had his shirt, tie and paddy cap on while wearing his commemorative run top. What a legend. It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, all I could think about was how much this must mean to that man to get across the finish line!
Dublin, you’re a beauty when the sun shines.
Some pics of us along the route (not so pretty lol)..
To celebrate our achievement afterwards we headed for some breakfast which was just as memorable. Highly recommend the Queen of Tarts!