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Public urged to join "ramped up" Michael Collins commemoration today

The event will be the first attended by the Defence Forces in recent decades.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE 92ND ANNUAL commemoration of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith will be held today – the first of a “ramped up” series of commemorations.

The event will take place at the burial places of both men in Glasnevin Cemetery at 12 noon today.

An oration will follow in the Milestone Gallery in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum by Dr. David Murphy, lecturer in Military History, NUI Maynooth.

William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan and Secretary of the Collins/Griffith Commemoration Committee has today called on Dublin residents to join the events.

“This year’s event marks the first of a ‘ramped up’ series of commemorations, both as part of Ireland’s ‘Decade of Commemorations’ and building-up to the 2022 centenary of the deaths of General Collins and President Griffith.

“I would invite Dublin residents to come along to honour the memory of these two great Irish heroes.”

For the first time in recent decades the Irish Defence Forces will be represented at this Sunday’s commemoration in Glasnevin Cemetery. As part of the Defence Force’s participation, the Sliabh na mBan armoured car will be in attendance. The Sliabh na mBan formed part of General Michael Collins’ convoy which was ambushed on 22 August,1922 at Béal na mBláth in West Cork resulting in the death of General Collins.

Video: Watch Michael Collins address a crowd before it gets broken up by gunshots

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