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Irish troops hon­oured, scal­lop dis­putes fi­nally over and zero grav­ity cham­pagne.

AFrench mayor is to travel to Cork to at­tend a ser­vice honour­ing the Irish sol­diers who helped lib­er­ate his vil­lage dur­ing World War 1.

The Mayor of Guille­mont in the Somme dé­parte­ment of North­ern France, Di­dier Sa­main, will travel to the Emer­ald Isle in or­der to pay trib­ute to the 1,200 men of the 16th (Irish) Divi­sion of the Bri­tish Army who died fight­ing for the French vil­lage in 1916.

Two Irish sol­diers, Lieu­tenant John Hol­land and Pri­vate Thomas Hughes were awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross for their brav­ery as they helped lib­er­ate Guille­mont and its neigh­bour Ginchy.

M. Sa­main was moved to make his own per­sonal trib­ute and will at­tend the in­au­gu­ral Thomas Kent His­tory Sym­po­sium in Fer­moy. Sym­po­sium founder Mary Co­lette Shee­han said the event was about vi­tal his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tions that ex­ist but un­til now have been shrouded in dark­ness.

Al­though Guille­mont holds its own ser­vice of grat­i­tude to the Irish troops ev­ery year, this is thought to be the first time the mayor has vis­ited Ire­land to at­tend a cer­e­mony.

ABOVE: Bat­tle of Guille­mont. Men of the 16th Irish Divi­sion rest af­ter tak­ing Guille­mont.

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