01/08/14

01/08/2014 GOVERNMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS MARKING THE CENTENARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR ONE.

The centenary of the outbreak of World War One will be officially commemorated with a memorial Mass on Sunday August 3rd at 11am in St. Mary’s Church, Pro Cathedral, Marlborough Street, to be celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

The Government will be represented by Mr. Charles Flanagan T.D. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Representatives of the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen, the Royal British Legion Ireland, and others will attend and display their standards.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

Those attending should be in position by 10.50 a.m.

This event is part of a programme of commemorative events that form part of the Decade of Centenaries. On Thursday 31 July President Michael D. Higgins led a ceremony to dedicate a “Cross of Sacrifice” in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11. The erection of the cross is a cooperative venture between Glasnevin Trust and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Consisting of a cross embedded with a bronze sword, mounted on an octagonal base, the ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ is erected in cemeteries containing more than 40 graves of soldiers commemorated by the CWGC.

President Higgins will attend an official commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War in Belgium on August 4th. This event will be hosted by the United Kingdom at St. Symphorien Military Cemetery near Mons. The President will be joined by other heads of State and representatives of all the countries involved in the fighting along the western front.

Ireland will be represented at Commemorations to take place in Glasgow on August 4th by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, who has responsibility for the Decade of Centenaries. Minister Humphreys will participate in the memorial events alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron and Commonwealth representatives.

Minister Humphreys will then travel to Belfast for a number of commemorative ceremonies, including a Service of Solemn Commemoration which will be held at St Anne’s Cathedral.

1 August, 2014

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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