Ireland and UK Remembrance Shared

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Irish Independent – 31 Jul 2014

President Michael D Higgins has described a national sorrow that soldiers who fought in the First World War and their families were shunned for decades in their home country.

Unveiling the first Cross of Sacrifice ever erected in the Republic of Ireland to servicemen and women killed in both world wars, Mr Higgins said the disrespect could not be undone although they are honoured now.

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Also: 31 July 2014: Dedication of Cross of Sacrifice, Glasnevin Cemetery

On Thursday 31 July President Michael D. Higgins led a ceremony to dedicate the newly installed Cross of Sacrifice in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11. The erection of the cross is a cooperative venture between Glasnevin Trust and the Commonwealth Graves Commission (CWGC). The service was attended by a wide range of public, diplomatic, and military representatives, along with members of the public. The event was was addressed by President Higgins.

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> My Great War, RTE Television | YouTube Clip

 

Image: President Michael D Higgins has unveiled the first Cross of Sacrifice erected in the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Irish Independent.

We influenced the early Commonwealth, so it’s a pity Ireland isn’t taking part in Games

Mary Kenny – Irish Independent, 28 Jul 2014

Not a lot of people know – as Michael Caine is apt to say – that the Irish Free State played an influential role in developing the character of the Commonwealth, that group of 53 nations which arose out of the former British Empire.

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> Mary Kenny’s talk given at the RIA, Dublin, on Ireland’s relationship with the Commonwealth

Image: England’s Steven Way in action in the Men’s Marathon during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo: Danny Lawson.

Embassy marks centenary of 1914 Home Rule Act

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An event to mark the centenary of the Home Rule Act took place in the Embassy with a distinguished audience of parliamentarians, academics, officials, business, community and cultural representatives, and media. The panel of expert guest speakers from Ireland and Britain included former Taoiseach John Bruton, Lord Paul Bew, Professor Michael Laffan and Professor Richard Toye and was chaired by broadcaster Fergal Keane.

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> Broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturday 5 July

Image: DFA