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Limerick held its Day of Commemoration Ceremony on Sunday

Limerick hosted a Day of Commemoration Ceremony July 9 at the grounds of Merchant’s QuayPhoto: Keith Wiseman.

Limerick held its Day of Commemoration Ceremony on Sunday 

Limerick hosted a Day of Commemoration ceremony on Sunday, 9 July 2017, to honour all Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations.

 

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This year’s Day of commemoration is the seventh year the city has honoured its war dead. Photo: Keith Wiseman.

This is Day of Commemoration Ceremony is the seventh year Limerick have honoured her war dead.

 

This is the seventh year that Limerick City and County Council has hosted the ceremony, which took place at 11 am in the courtyard area in the grounds of the Council Buildings at Merchant’s Quay.

The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Councillor Stephen Keary, laid a wreath honouring those who lost their lives, the National Flag was raised and a minute’s silence observed.

The multi-faith ceremony was open to members of the public, with representatives from the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, the United Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, the Jewish Community and the Islamic Community leading the ceremony of prayers and readings.

A guard of honour was provided by the 12th Infantry Battalion based at Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick.

Day of Commemoration Ceremony

Limerick Day of Commemoration 2017. Photo: Keith Wiseman.

 

The ceremony lasted approximately 45 minutes with light refreshments being provided.

The National day of commemoration takes place every year on the Sunday closest to July 11, the anniversary of the date in 1921 that a truce was signed ending the War of Independence.

Other ceremonies took place nationwide also. The main national ceremony in Dublin took place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and was televised live on RTÉ. President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar lead the ceremony in Dublin to mark the National Day of Commemoration.

To find out more about the Limerick City and County Council click here

To read more of our stories on previous Limerick Day of Commemoration click here 

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