Sunday 18 August 2019

Sacrifice: Irish men and women who died in conflict remembered

Blue skies: The Air Corps perform a fly-past at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Blue skies: The Air Corps perform a fly-past at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

The Taoiseach and President Michael D Higgins have led tributes during a commemorative service for the Irish men and women who died in conflict.

Ceremonies took place around the country yesterday to honour those who were killed in wars and on United Nations service.

Various senior officials from the Government, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and Defence Minister Paul Kehoe, attended a ceremony at Collins Barracks in Dublin.

Relatives of those who were killed also attended the event, including relatives of the 1916 leaders and those who died on UN service.

President Higgins laid a wreath and inspected a guard of honour formed by members of the Irish Defence Forces.

Meanwhile, religious leaders, including Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, delivered readings.

Similar ceremonies were also held in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Kilkenny and Waterford.

Irish Independent

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