Honouring war dead since 1986
Published 29/03/2010 | 05:00
SO, Alexander John Moffitt ('Remembering Great War dead', Letters, March 26) is "really pleased by the first official recognition by the Republic of Ireland of the contribution made by Irishmen who were killed in action during World War One".
Mr Moffitt was referring to the recent visit to Gallipoli by President Mary McAleese where she laid a wreath in memory of the thousands of Irish who fell at Suvla Bay in Turkey in 1915.
For the record, since 1986 a National Day of Commemoration has taken place in Ireland, firstly in the Garden of Remembrance and subsequently in The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, on the first Sunday in July each year.