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Ireland Marks Anniversary of Uprising Against Britain With Military Parade

Ireland is marking the 90th anniversary of an uprising against British rule by holding its first military parade in the capital, Dublin, in more than 30 years.

More than two thousand Irish military personnel marched to Dublin's General Post Office, where Ireland's President Mary McAleese, Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and other dignitaries gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony.

Tens of thousands of people turned out for the events to commemorate the Easter Rising of April 1916, when Irish republicans rebelled against British rule over the island.

British troops suppressed the uprising in days and executed its leaders. But the insurrection is considered a milestone in Ireland's struggle for independence, which it achieved in 1922.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.