Ceremony at Glasnevin remembers Irish soldiers who died in the service of the United Nations.

Twenty five years since the establishment of the United Nations, a plaque is unveiled at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin in the memory of Irish soldiers who served with the UN forces.

The memorial was unveiled by President Éamon de Valera with Taoiseach Jack Lynch and Apostolic Nuncio Most Rev Dr Alibrandi in attendance among many others.

The inscription on the plaque reads,

To the memory of the deceased officers and men of Oglaigh na hÉireann who served in the cause of peace with the United Nations' Forces.

There are 35 fallen soldiers buried in the plot at Glasnevin, 26 died in the Congo, eight in Cyprus and one in the Middle East.

After inspecting a guard of honour at Glasnevin Cemetery, President de Valera stood to attention as the national anthem played out.  

Speaking at the event Taoiseach Jack Lynch emphasised the importance of small countries like Ireland in supporting the United Nations as it strives to achieve international peace. However, the success of Irish efforts was not achieved without the sacrifice of these soldiers.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 November 1970.