Tuesday 28 March 2017

92 peacekeepers remembered at Arbour Hill

Five-year-old Emma-Mai Griffin lays a wreath for her father, Jack Griffin, watched by her mother Patricia and sisters Laragh (9) and Isabelle (8) at the annual ceremony in the UN memorial garden, in Arbour Hill Photo: Frank McGrath
Five-year-old Emma-Mai Griffin lays a wreath for her father, Jack Griffin, watched by her mother Patricia and sisters Laragh (9) and Isabelle (8) at the annual ceremony in the UN memorial garden, in Arbour Hill Photo: Frank McGrath

Laura Larkin

A decorated soldier who lost his life when he was hit by a car was commemorated at a ceremony to mark the Irish lives lost on the UN peace-keeping missions since 1958.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the UN memorial garden in Arbour Hill, Dublin, to commemorate the loss of 92 soldiers, civilians and gardaí who have died abroad on UN missions.

Jack Griffin - a respected and experienced member of the Defence Forces - was killed when he was struck by a car in Tipperary, in November 2015. His wife Patricia and his three daughters, Laragh, Isabelle and Emma-Mai, attended the ceremony and laid a wreath in his name.

"It's a lovely day and it's something that the girls will remember," Patricia told the Irish Independent. And the parents of Pte Peter Burke, Mary and Noel, also laid a wreath in memory of their son, who was killed in the Lebanon in 1982 by another Irish soldier.

Stability

Major General Michael Beary also attended the event and spoke about his recent appointment as Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. Major General Beary said that the appointment was a great honour for the Irish Defence Forces, who have a long history of working in the Lebanon to bring about peace and stability.

"This mission is a great challenge," he said.

"It's probably the one mission that is very much a part of our DNA because we have lost 47 that we didn't bring back," he added.

Irish Independent

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