Monday 27 March 2017

Ian Malone - UK soldier, Irish hero

IN TIMES of military pomp and ceremony the Irish Guards have two regimental marches, St Patrick's Day and Let Erin Remember, but it was a sorrowful lilt of an ancient lament that was carried across the graveyard as Ian Malone came home.

As the lance corporal was brought to his final resting place, two pipers slow-marched side by side in front of the cortege.

To the left was an Irish Guardsman who has sworn fealty to the Queen of England, while to the right was a piper representing the Irish Defence Forces whose loyalty under oath is to the Irish State and Bunreacht na hEireann.

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