Remembering Great War dead
I am really pleased by the first official recognition by the Republic of Ireland of the contribution made by Irishmen during World War One and more importantly the Irishmen who were killed in action. The vast majority enlisted with the British army.
President Mary McAleese visited Gallipoli in Turkey to mark the deaths of thousands of Irish soldiers in World War One.
Let us not forget the contribution made by Irishmen who enlisted with other armies during this period, such as the Canadian army. A total of 1,718 Irish-born men enlisted with the Canadians. Some 176 Irish-born were killed in action. And 31 Canadian soldiers are buried in Ireland, half of them Irish-born.