Armistice Day events to take place around State
President Michael D Higgins will lead the State commemoration tomorrow to mark the centenary of the Armistice which brought the first World War to an end in 1918.
The ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin will include unveiling of Victoria Cross commemorative plaques and wreath-laying ceremonies. The Government will be represented by Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will represent the State at the Armistice centenary commemoration at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
There will also be ceremonies in Enniskillen, the Co Fermanagh town which was the first on the island to proclaim the Armistice in 1918.
Parish priest Msgr Peter O’Reilly will attend a ceremony at 6am in Enniskillen Castle where special lamps will be presented to each church.
He will also take part in a prayer service at the war memorial on Belmore Street just before the 11am Service of Remembrance in St Macartin’s (Church of Ireland) Cathedral.
At St Fin Barre’s (Church of Ireland) Cathedral in Cork tomorrow, on each of the four minutes (one for each year of the first World War) before 11am a bell will ring.
A Service of Commemoration to mark the end of the war will take place at 3.30pm in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.
In Galway, Armistice Day events will commemorate the 1,400 men from the county who died in the war. Wreaths will be laid tomorrow by the Mayor of Galway, councillor Niall McNelis, in St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church.
At St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, silence will be observed at 11am to mark the end of the war. Choral Evensong at 3.15pm will include official wreath-laying.
The Irish Embassy to Belgium will be represented at more than 20 Armistice-related events this weekend.
Among them is the annual wreath-laying at the Round Tower at the Island of Ireland Peace Park in the town of Messines, where events will include a parade.
Ambassador Helena Nolan will be present at the commemorations in nearby Ypres.