Tributes paid to men who lost their lives on battlefields of World War I
TRIBUTES were paid to Wicklow men who perished in World War I within the County Council chamber on Monday.
Cllr. Derek Mitchell informed members of his recent trip to Belgium where he attended Armistice Day Commemorations at Ypres and Messines on the 90th anniversary of the end of the war.
‘Tens of thousands of Irishmen, Catholic and Protestant, from South and North died in that war and it is important that their sacrifice is remembered and recognised. Until recently it was not adequately recognised in the South. Also I believe it is useful to the Northern Ireland Peace Process that this recognition is shown by society in the Republic,’ said Cllr. Mitchell.
Cllr. Christopher Fox who also attended the commemoration said that the experience was very moving and that he was delighted to see those who fought and died in WWI represented and not forgotten.
Cllr Derek Mitchell, as Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council laying a wreath, together with the Mayor of Tipperary at the island of Ireland Peace Park, Messines.