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Glasnevin memorial for world war dead

A NEW memorial for Irishmen that lost their lives in the two world wars is to be built in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery.

Irish and British ministers will this evening lay the foundation stone of the new monument, a Cross of Sacrifice.

The memorial is being being erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The event in Glasnevin forms part of a wider programme of ceremonies attended by ministers from both jurisdictions to mark the war's centenary and the associated decade of commemorations in Ireland, when events such as the 1916 Easter Rising will also be marked.


Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan will attend along with Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers who said it was a "great honour" to lay the foundation stone for the new Cross of Sacrifice.

"I can think of no better setting for a memorial to remember the tens of thousands of Irishmen who made the ultimate sacrifice during the world wars," she said.

"The choice of Glasnevin for this monument, as with the other Crosses of Sacrifice throughout the world, is very much in keeping with what the design symbolises: the Cross representing the faith of the majority of the dead, and the sword representing the military character of the cemetery.

"Soon people from both Northern and southern Ireland will have a place to come together... to pay tribute to the memory of those who gave so much for our freedom."