For the third year in succession, An Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny TD attended and laid a laurel wreath at the Remembrance Day Service in Enniskillen, on Sunday, 9 November.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Charlie Flanagan TD attended the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph in Belfast. H.E. Mr Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom laid a laurel wreath at London’s Cenotaph Remembrance Ceremonies on Remembrance Sunday attended by Queen Elizabeth II. It was the first time since the declaration of the Republic in 1949 that a representative of the Irish Government laid a wreath during the United Kingdom’s annual remembrance commemorations. Referring to the event, An Taoiseach said: “This is all part of the process of uniting the people of east and west, north and south. And that is very significant”.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Christy Burke and An Tánaiste Joan Bruton TD, representing the Government, attended the Ecumenical Service of Remembrance in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. The President was represented by his Aide-de-Camp, Colonel Brendan McAndrew. Organised by the Royal British Legion, the attendance included the ambassadors of the United Kingdom, the United States of America and France, representatives of the Defence Forces, Veteran Associations and Regimental Associations. The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust CLG was represented by its Chairman, Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham (Retd), with Major-General P. Nowlan (Retd) (Director) and Lieutenant Eamonn Fogarty (Retd) (Assistant Secretary) in attendance.
Armistice Day ceremonies on Tuesday 11 November, included a service at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, attended by Minister Heather Humphreys TD, Northern Ireland Office Minister Dr Andrew Murrison MP and Arlene Foster MLA, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Northern Ireland Executive.
The service was followed by a wreath-laying ceremonies in Glasnevin Cemetery and the official opening of a First World War Centenary exhibition at the Milestone Gallery in Glasnevin.
Some 500 people attended the wreath-laying ceremony at the Cross of Sacrifice in Glasnevin, which was conducted under the auspices of the Glasnevin Trust, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Defence Forces provided a Colour Party, the Lone Piper and Bugler.
Attendees were welcomed by Mr John Green, Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust. Fr Seamus Ahearn OSA and Rev David Gillespie conducted the Ecumenical Blessing. Musical Honours included the Last Post, Reveille, a Piper’s Lament and the National Anthem.
Those who laid wreaths included Minister Heather Humphreys TD, Dr Andrew Murrison MP, the British Ambassador H. E. Derek Chilcott, the American Ambassador H.E. Kevin O’Malley, the French Ambassador H.E. Jean-Pierre Thebnault, and the German Ambassador H.E. Matthias Hopfner, the Belgian Ambassador H.E. Pierre Roland, the Australian Ambassador H.E. Ruth Adler, the Austrian Ambassador H.E. Thomas Nader, the Italian Ambassador H.E. Giovanni Adorni Braccesi and the Consul General of New Zealand Mr Alan McCarthy.
Colonel Bendan O’Shea, The Military College, laid a wreath on behalf of the Defence Forces – Óglaigh na hÉireann, Major-General O’Morchoe (Retd) on behalf of the Royal British Legion and Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham (Retd) on behalf of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust CLG.
Mr Ross Hussey MLA laid a wreath on behalf of the Ulster Unionist party and Lt Col Kingsley Donaldson on behalf of the WW1 Centenary Commemorations Committee of Northern Ireland.
Referring to the event, Minister Humphreys stated, inter alia, “Glasnevin Cemetery, where people of all shades of political opinion and religion are buried side by side is an appropriate setting for us to come together in memory ofthose brave men from across Ireland who gave their lives in the Great War.”
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