Dublin ceremony remembers Irish war dead

 

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Presdient Mary McAleese led a commemoration ceremony in Dublin today to remember Irish men and women who died in past wars.

The National Day of Commemoration Ceremony also honoured troops killed while on service with the United Nations. The event was held in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

President McAleese laying a wreath at today's event
President McAleese laying a wreath at today's event

Representatives of the Government, Council of State, Diplomatic Corps, the Houses of the Oireachtas, and the judiciary were in attendance. Relatives of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising and representatives from Northern Ireland also took part.

The ceremony comprised of a multi-faith service of prayer, and a wreath laying by Mrs McAleese.

Representatives of the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, the Jewish Community, the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Islamic Community conducted the multi-faith service.

The ceremony was open to the public.