Tree Dedicated in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising
The Architect of the Capitol welcomed Ireland's Taioseach, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States and others to the U.S. Capitol Grounds for a tree dedication marking the 100th anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. This Irish Oak serves as a living memorial to the event.
May 18, 2016
Christine Merdon, Chief Operating Officer for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), welcomed Ireland's Taioseach Enda Kenny, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson, senior congressional leaders and members of Congress, House Chaplain Father Patrick J. Conroy and Donegal native Father Brendan McBride to the U.S. Capitol Grounds for a tree dedication marking the 100th anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising.
Select trees on the Capitol Grounds serve as living memorials to an individual or an event. The Irish Oak dedicated today is one of those special trees.
"A much-loved symbol of strength, the Irish Oak is known for its longevity – often living as long as 500 years. The Architect of the Capitol selected the Irish Oak because of its historical significance to the people of Ireland. One of the earliest forms of Irish law was created to protect the oak and five other 'chieftain trees.' It is also likely that ancient Irish religious sites were located next to oak groves," said Merdon.
Representative Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina) and Representative Brendan Boyle (Pennsylvania) sponsored the tree that was planted on Capitol Grounds across from the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Architect of the Capitol cares for the historic and picturesque grounds surrounding the U.S. Capitol Building including more than 4,300 trees on 274-acres. Approximately 140 trees serve as memorials or commemorate an event.
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Article themes include Doing Good, By the Numbers, Before & After, Employee Highlights, Spotlight on Safety, Beyond the Dome, and AOC Gratitude.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Capitol Visitor Center and the Conservatory of the United States Botanic Garden will temporarily close to the public until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus (COVID-19). The outdoor gardens and grounds remain open.