Glasnevin Honours Ireland’s Great War Fallen
Photos by Michael Coyne
It was an honour to attend a poignant ceremony marking Armistice Day at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, yesterday. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Josepha Madigan TD; Councillor Gary Gannon, on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Dublin; HE Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland; HE Stéphane Crouzat, French Ambassador to Ireland; and the Chairman of Glasnevin Trust, David Bunworth led proceedings at this year’s Armistice Day Commemoration.
Speaking ahead of this mornings commemoration the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said: ‘This year’s Armistice Day Commemoration in Glasnevin Cemetery provides us with a special opportunity to remember and pay tribute to the men and women from across the island of Ireland, who served and gave their lives during World War I. It is important that, over a century later, we reflect on these events and how the shaped the world today.’
The event was marked by a special reading by Molly Maleady-Hanely, Great Great niece of Gunner Patrick Maleady who served during World War I with the Royal Field Artillery. Wounded, he was taken prisoner only to contract influenza near the end of the war. On his return to Great Clarence Street he died aged 20. He is buried in Glasnevin. Following a joint prayer by Reverend David Oxley and Father Séamus Madigan, dignitaries, veterans, and members of the public were invited to lay wreaths at the Cross of Sacrifice.