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Poll: Should Irish people wear poppies to honour the war dead?

Today the leader and deputy leader of Ireland will pay their respects to the roughly 57,000 Irish people who died in two World Wars. Should we as a nation do the same?

Sandbags, filled with soil from the World War I battlefields of Flanders, are piled next to poppy wreaths at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium.
Sandbags, filled with soil from the World War I battlefields of Flanders, are piled next to poppy wreaths at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium.
Image: Virginia Mayo/AP/Press Association Images

TODAY THE TÁNAISTE will lay a wreath in remembrance of the nearly 60,000 Irish people who died between the two World Wars.

The Taoiseach will lay a wreath in Enniskillen and TV screens will show the poppy being worn on everything from sports jerseys to ball gowns.

Yet in Ireland, Remembrance Sunday and tomorrow’s Remembrance Day will go largely unmarked, aside from a few ceremonies across the country. Writing on TheJournal.ie last week, Kate Bellamy made the case for wearing the poppy.

She says it recognises a senseless loss of life across Europe, not British nationalism.

So, we’re asking:

Should Irish people wear poppies in honour of our war dead?


Poll Results:

No (5275)
No, but we should have an Irish alternative (4999)
I don't know (3520)
Yes (2789)




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