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Ireland's World War One war dead are remembered on Armistice Day

About 50,000 Irish men fought and died during the war.

ArmisticeDayGlasnevinTrus3 Fr. Bernard McGuckian SJ and Rev. David Oxley, who blessed the Commemorative Stones. Source: Colm Mahady/Fennells

A COMMEMORATION HAS been held in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin to mark Armistice Day and the Irish men and women who died during World War One.

It is estimated that 50,000 Irish men were killed while serving in the British, Commonwealth or United States armies during the four years of World War I.

This morning’s event was attended by Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr and Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust John Green.

A number of ambassadors to Ireland, including from Canada, Australia and US, were also present at today’s event.

ArmisticeDayGlasnevinTrus5 Minister Pascal Donohoe lays a wreath at the Cross os Scarifice. Source: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice and four commemorative plaques were unveiled in memory of four Irish men who received the Victoria Cross during World War One.

The Victoria Cross is the highest military honour awarded by the British armed forces.

Frederick Edwards of the Middlesex Regiment, John Vincent Holland of the Leinster Regiment, Thomas Hughes of the Connaught Rangers and Martin O’Meara of the Australian Imperial Force were the Irishmen who received the Victoria Cross and were remembered today.

ArmisticeDayGlasnevinTrus9 Gerry Crozier (84) from Finglas, who served in the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment in Korea and Germany. Source: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Armistice Day is commemorated on 11 November each year, the day both sides signed the armistice ending hostilities on the Western Front in World War One.

Reflecting on today’s commemoration, Minister Donohoe said that the men who fought and died are remembered with “pride and admiration”.

ArmisticeDayGlasnevinTrust1 Minister Pascal Donohoe T.D. and John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust. Source: Colm Mahady/Fennells

The event was closed by the sounding of the last post, a minutes silence and bugle call the Reveille.

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