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The National Day of Commemoration

The National Day of Commemoration

The National Day of Commemoration

Photographs by John O’Byrne

The annual National Day of Commemoration took place today at 11:00a, today to commemorate all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. The principal ceremony was held in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, with smaller events taken place around the country. The event is held on the Sunday closest to the 11 July, the date on which, in 1921, the Anglo-Irish Truce was agreed.

Due to Covid 19, restrictions were in place and this years event was much reduced with no members of the public in attendance.

During the ceremony the Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD invited President Michael D. Higgins to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland. Other invited guests include members of the Government, Council of State, elected Representatives, Diplomatic Corps, and Judiciary.

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The National Day of Commemoration – Collins Barracks, Dublin

The National Day of Commemoration – Collins Barracks, Dublin

The National Day of Commemoration – Collins Barracks, Dublin

Photographs by Ken Mooney

The National Day of Commemoration is held on the Sunday closest to the 11th July, the date on which, in 1921, the Anglo-Irish Truce was agreed. The event normally takes place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, but on two occasions in the past it has on taken place in Collins Barracks, Dublin. It comprises of a multi-faith service of prayer and military ceremony commemorating all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations.

During the ceremony the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar invited President Michael D. Higgins to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland. Other invited guests include members of the Government, Council of State, elected Representatives, Diplomatic Corps, Judiciary, relatives’ of 1916 participants and a large number of Veterans’ Organisations.

Smaller ceremonies were held around the country.

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