DUBLIN, Ireland - On Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the formal turnover of power to the new Provisional Irish Government was marked.
President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Michel Martin, and Tnaiste Leo Varadkar attended the ceremony commemorating the centennial of the Irish takeover of Dublin Castle.
As President Higgins arrived, he was greeted by a guard of honor from the Defence Forces.
The commemoration, which took place at the same time as the events of 100 years ago, was also attended by Paul Johnston, the UK Ambassador in Ireland.
Former Irish Taoiseachs' Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny and former presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson were present Sunday. Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Sinn Fin, also attended the ceremony.
Mr. Martin said in a brief speech before the tricolor was flown in Dublin Castle: "As we honor the achievements of the revolutionary generation, we do so with pride that the State they helped to create is entering its second century of independent, democratic government."
President Higgins commemorated the anniversary by unveiling a plaque in Dublin Castle.
The handover occurred only a week after the Dail voted to ratify the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922.