National Day of Commemoration takes place to remember Irish people who died in wars

Monday 14 July 2014 11.12
President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath to commemorate all Irish people who have died in wars around the world
President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath to commemorate all Irish people who have died in wars around the world

A National Day of Commemoration has been marked across Ireland remembering Irish people who died in wars around the world.

The multi-faith and military ceremony honours all Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. 

The National Day of Commemoration Dublin event was held this morning at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

This annual ceremony has a special significance as it is the centenary of the beginning of World War I. 

The Dublin event was attended by President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Members of  the Government and Council of State, as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps were also in attendance.

Defence Forces, veterans' organisations, the Judiciary and Northern Ireland representatives were at the event.

Commemorations also took place in Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford.