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Ceremonies remember the First World War’s fallen men and women

The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs will all attend ceremonies today to mark Remembrance Day.

Image: Paul Faith/PA

A NUMBER OF CEREMONIES are taking place in London, Belfast and Enniskillen to pay tribute to those who died in the First World War.

Irish politicians will be in attendance at each of these, to remember particularly the Irish people who lost their lives fighting in the war.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan will attend the Rembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Belfast, whre he will lay a laurel wreath. Speaking ahead of the ceremony he said it is a chance to “reflect on the sad events of a hundred years ago when men and women from all parts of this island and from all traditions, left their homes to fight in the First World War”.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will also lay a wreath in Enniskillen, where a Remembrance Day ceremony turned to tragedy after an IRA bomb killed 11 people and injured more than 60 in 1987. One of the victims of the bombing, whose father died beside him that day, described the devastating scene to TheJournal.ie this week.

The Irish Ambassador to Britain will lay a wreath at the commemoration ceremony at the London Cenotaph. This will be the first time Ireland has participated in the London ceremony since 1946.

At home, Tánaiste Joan Burton will attend a Remembrance service in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Related: Victim of Enniskillen Bombing: ‘I remember running around as if it was a horror movie’>

Read: Ireland’s James McClean writes letter outlining his reasons for not wearing a poppy>

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