Na­tion in trib­utes to war dead in cer­e­monies mark­ing centenary of Ar­mistice

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Ire­land re­mem­bers her war dead to­day in cer­e­monies mark­ing the centenary of the Ar­mistice that ended World War 1. Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins will lead State com­mem­o­ra­tions at Glas­nevin Ceme­tery in Dublin this morn­ing. The Pres­i­dent will speak at the event, which will in­clude the Na­tional flag, mil­i­tary hon­ours and wreath lay­ing. Min­is­ter for Cul­ture, Her­itage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan will un­veil five Vic­to­ria Cross com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques at the ceme­tery. Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar will rep­re­sent the State at the Ar­mistice centenary cer­e­mony at the Arc de Tri­om­phe in Paris. Tanaiste Si­mon Coveney will at­tend com­mem­o­ra­tions in Belfast. Busi­ness, En­ter­prise and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Heather Humphreys will at­tend cer­e­monies in En­niskillen. Jus­tice and Equal­ity Min­is­ter Charles Flana­gan will at­tend a Ser­vice of Thanks­giv­ing at West­min­ster Abbey in Lon­don. A peo­ple’s commemoration will take place at the Ir­ish Na­tional War Me­mo­rial at Is­land­bridge in Dublin, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, where the names of al­most 50,000 Ir­ish peo­ple who died in the con­flict are in­scribed. A commemoration took place yes­ter­day in Bray, County Wick­low, at a tall Celtic cross war me­mo­rial bear­ing the names of 155 men who died in World War 1. A crowd stood in heavy rain as Bray Cho­ral So­ci­ety sang Abide With Me and Nearer My God To Thee and lo­cal church rep­re­sen­ta­tives led prayers. Among the speak­ers were Michael Grant and Wil­liam Lennon of the Western Front As­so­ci­a­tion, Dublin branch, and Jim Scan­nell and Brian White of the Bray Cualann His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Among those lay­ing wreaths were Pat Vance, Cathaoir­leach of Wick­low County Coun­cil, and Lord Meath, both of whom had rel­a­tives killed in the war. Gle­nageary res­i­dent Michael Lee laid poppy crosses in mem­ory of his two grand-un­cles from Bray who lost their lives in the con­flict. Na­tional and UN flags were car­ried by an hon­our guard from the Ir­ish United Na­tions Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion.

ME­MO­RIAL: The Earl of Meath laid a wreath at the Ar­mistice day of re­mem­brance in Bray yes­ter­day. Photo: Fer­gal Phillips

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