Several hundred army veterans gathered in Limerick city centre today for the first ever International Veterans Day parade to be held in Ireland.

The event has been organised by the Patrick Sarsfield branch of ONE, the organisation of national ex-servicemen and women, as part of Limerick’s year as National City of Culture.

Religious services were held before a wreath-laying ceremony took place at Pery Square.

Veterans then marched through Limerick city centre to Limerick Civic offices.

Veterans from organisations across Europe, including Unifil veterans from Swedan and Norway, the Royal British Legion, the Polish Veterans Association and the French Foreign legion of Ireland, all brought their flags and colours and standards with them to take part in the occasion.

Limerick veteran Joe O’Mahony, President of the Southern Area Council of ONE, said it was an extraordinary event to bring so many veterans together, to host a service of simple respect for those who deserve the highest respect.