Monday 15 October 2018

Remembering Gallipoli in Dublin at dawn

MEMBERS of the Australian and New Zealand communities in Ireland yesterday held an inaugural dawn memorial service in Dublin to mark Anzac Day.

Up to 200 people attended as representatives from both countries and Britain laid wreaths at the Australian Army plot at Grangegorman Military Cemetery to mark the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey.

Anzac Day is marked every year on April 25 to commemorate the 8,000 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) soldiers who lost their lives.

The first such event in the Phoenix Park was one of several commemorations attended by thousands across the world.

The Dublin service was introduced by Australian Ambassador Anne Plunkett.

"The dawning of each new Anzac Day should give us hope that in the not too distant future the world may turn from war completely," she said.

"Some will say this is unlikely. It will undoubtedly be difficult."

The service included contributions from the New Zealand Honorary Consul Alan McCarthy and the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Berki Dibek.

Wreaths were laid at Grangegorman Cemetery, where some Anzac soldiers are buried, by Col Darren Naumann and Major Sam Bassett who respectively represented the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces. Irish-born Captain Liam Daly of the Australian Army Band laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association in memory of the 171 men of that regiment who died at Gallipoli.

Minister of State Tom Parlon attended on behalf of the Irish Government with the Irish Defence Forces' chief Lt Gen Jim Sreenan.

Our picture (above) shows Col Naumann with his children Jonathan (8) and Emily (5) at the service.

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