Armistice Day events to take place around State

The Irish Times - - Home News - PATSY McGARRY and LORNA SIGGINS

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.

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