Wednesday 7 December 2016

'They gave their tomorrows for our todays'

Published 13/07/2015 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins inspects a guard of honour at the National Day of Commemoration at Royal Hospital Kilmainham
President Michael D Higgins inspects a guard of honour at the National Day of Commemoration at Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Tommy Kenny, survivor of the 1960 Niemba ambush, and Dan Garland, secretary of the United Nations Veterans, also attended

Over 1,200 people gathered in the quadrangle of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin to remember all Irish men and women who died in past wars, or with the United Nations.

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President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, led the tributes at the annual National Day of Commemoration.

It was attended by the next-of-kin of those who died, as well as members of the Government, the Council of State, the diplomatic corps, and the judiciary.

Relatives of the 1916 leaders also attended. Some retired military personnel were moved to tears as they remembered lost comrades.

Regional celebrations were held in counties Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

Irish Independent

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