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Wednesday 24 September 2014

UN veterans pay tribute to fallen

Published 12/08/2014 | 05:24

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UN veterans from all over Carlow gathered at the Holy Family Church in Askea for a special Irish United Nations Veterans Association ceremony. Each year, the veterans, who have served all over the world, gather at the church in Askea to honour the memory of those who were killed in the line of duty or those veterans who have passed on.

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More than fifty veterans were present at the service, uniformed and displaying their various medals, in a fitting tribute to those who had passed on. They held a parade from Eire Og up to the church and following a Mass, they laid a wreath in memory of their fallen comrades.

Quite a few Carlow men have served with the UN over the years and all were remembered on the day as veterans met and exchanged stories about days gone by. A similar mass took place in Graiguecullen on Sunday and John English of the ONE said that there is a proud tradition of service in Carlow.

'There would have been a lot of men from Carlow served with the UN,' he said. 'From Graiguecullen alone you'd have four or five that would've served in the Congo years ago.'

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