On a cold, wet Friday morning, a small group of students walked to the beach to buy beach towels and beach sandals.
They had come for the honeymoon, they said.
It was one of the first times I ever met someone from my own country, they joked, and it’s a big step for them.
The group, from the University of Limerick, was in the city of Galway to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the rebellion that ended Irish rule in the country.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising and its aftermath, with Irish students staging mass protests at Galway University over plans to build a golf course in the area.
Many of the students were there to mark a day of silence for those killed and wounded in the Rising, which occurred on the same day as the 1916 Rising.
In Galway, hundreds of students, parents and families of those killed or wounded participated in the march to the beaches.
On the beach, many wore their school uniform and had brought a variety of gifts, including flowers, beach balls and other souvenirs.
Many said they felt proud of what they were doing, and some said they’d never done anything like this before.
The organisers of the march said it was a tribute to the Irish people and their bravery in fighting against British rule.
A group of about 200 students, most of them in their 20s and early 30s, were led by a woman wearing a red, white and blue dress with a white star on the back.
The woman, who is known as “Queen”, stood on the sand with a plastic bottle and a water bottle in her hand.
The students were dressed in white T-shirts and shorts, with long hair tied in pigtails.
They also wore red bandanas, red socks and orange scarves.
The event, organised by the university’s students’ union, coincided with the Easter celebrations marking the start of spring in Ireland.
Organisers said the event was a chance to honour the sacrifices made by the Irish and British troops who fought in the Easter Rebellion.
The Royal Irish Regiment, which is the Royal Irish Volunteers and is based at Galport Barracks in Limerick and at other sites across the country, was disbanded in 1945.
In the 1920s, the Royal Regiment was formed as a part of a British-Irish fraternal order.
A British officer who was serving in Galway during the Rising fought in a regiment called the Royal Australian Volunteer Infantry.
He died while serving in the Irish Free State, and is buried at St Patrick’s Church in Galport.
The Rising is widely credited with ending British rule in Ireland and setting the stage for the Irish Republic to become independent from Britain.
Many people still remember the night of August 20, 1916 when tens of thousands of protesters stormed Dublin’s City Hall and clashed with British soldiers, forcing the British government to flee the country and setting off the Easter uprising that resulted in the deaths of almost 100,000 people.
The first commemorative events were held in Dublin on December 1, 1919, marking the end of the First World War.
The second commemorative event was held in the town of Londonderry on November 6, 1920.
Thousands of Irish people attended both events, including the Royal Air Force, which flew over Dublin from Belfast to show support for the Rising.
The British government and British soldiers were not invited to participate in the second event, which was held outside the British embassy in Dublin.
In response, organisers from the Dublin-based Royal Irish Republican Brotherhood (RIRB) organized the second commemorations on January 11, 1921, in Dublin and in Londundar, County Galway.
A parade was held at Dublin’s O’Connell Street and the parade began in the street on the opposite side of the harbour, with participants carrying flags and banners in the streets of the city.RIRBs Irish chapter held a second event on February 9 in County Galweggan.
It included an opportunity for participants to meet members of the RIRB in person, including former British and Irish soldiers.
The next day, thousands of people marched from Dublin’s streets to the city’s city centre.
They sang and danced to patriotic songs and sang Irish songs in the hope of attracting the attention of British soldiers.
Some marched in red bandana-style clothes and were accompanied by their parents or siblings, who wore red scarves and bandanas.
They also marched with their families in their mother’s red bandanna.
A crowd of about 100 people gathered in front of the British Consulate in Dublin’s CBD and sang a rendition of the National Anthem.
Hundreds of people lined up on the streets outside the consulate to greet the marchers.
The crowd was so large that there were several hundred people in line, including children and women.
The RIRBs Ireland chapter held an event in Loughrea, County Down, on February 11 to mark its 100