The National Day of Commemoration ceremony to honour Irish men and women who died in past wars or in service with the UN was held today in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

The ceremony was attended by President Mary McAleese, Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Tánaiste Mary Coughlan, and representatives of the Council of State, the Diplomatic Corps, the Dáil, Seanad and the judiciary.

The next-of-kin of those who died in UN service and a wide cross-section of the community, including ex-servicemen's organisations, were also there.

A representative body from the Defence Forces paraded.