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.