10/07/15

10/07/2015 Minister Humphreys to participate in Annual Ceremony of Remembrance, Islandbridge

Friday, July 10th 2015

Minister Humphreys to participate in Annual Ceremony of Remembrance, Islandbridge

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, will tomorrow (Saturday) take part in the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance, organised by the Royal British Legion, Republic of Ireland, at the National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge.

 

The Remembrance Ceremony at Islandbridge was first held in 2006, in association with the Irish National War Memorial Committee, to mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. It is now held on an annual basis on the Saturday before the National Day of Commemoration.

 

Speaking ahead of the ceremony Minister Humphreys said:

“This ceremony remembers the Irish men and women who died during the two world wars. Just last week I travelled to the Somme to mark the 99th anniversary of what was the bloodiest battle of World War One, claiming thousands of Irish lives.

 

“Through the World War One commemorative events, we have gained a much greater understanding of the scale of Irish sacrifice and suffering. Families have, for the first time, discovered that their relatives went to the Front to fight, and many of them never returned home.

 

“One hundred years on, Ireland is respectfully remembering its sons and daughters who served in what was a horrific conflict. Events such as this one help us not only to pay respect to those who died, but also to recognise how far we have come over the last century.”

 

Minister Humphreys will read a lesson and lay a wreath on behalf of the Government of Ireland as part of the Ecumenical ceremony of Remembrance.

 

The ceremony will begin at 2.30pm.

 

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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