04/08/14

04/08/2014 Minister Humphreys to participate in events in Glasgow & Belfast marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, will be in Glasgow and Belfast today attending a number of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Minister Humphreys, who has responsibility for the Decade of Centenaries Commemorative Programme, will participate in the memorial events in Glasgow alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron and Commonwealth representatives.  Following the events in Glasgow, 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.  Minister Humphreys will deliver a reading at the service, and will later lay a wreath at City Hall in memory of those Irish Soldiers who gave their lives in World War One.

Speaking in advance of the events, Minister Humphreys said:

As relations between the people of these islands continue to evolve, it is only right that we come together to remember those people, from across the two islands, who gave their lives in the Great War.  Whatever their background, those soldiers each made the same ultimate sacrifice.  Bombs and bullets did not discriminate between British or Irish, Catholic or Protestant, Nationalist or Unionist, and they fell side by side in incomprehensible numbers.  Their families and loved ones shared a common bond, as they were left to deal with their terrible losses.  It is fitting that a century later, people of all shades of political opinion and none, can come together in dignity and respect in memory of those brave men.”

4 August 2014

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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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