ONE march in Limerick to show ‘pride in service’

THE Patrick Sarsfield branch of the Organisation of National Ex-Service men and women held their annual La na bhFiann wreath laying ceremony on Sunday.

THE Patrick Sarsfield branch of the Organisation of National Ex-Service men and women held their annual La na bhFiann wreath laying ceremony on Sunday.

A large crowd turned out to march with the ONE - or Óglaigh Náisiúnta Na hÉireann - a support organisation for ex-service personnel of the Irish Defence Forces, who have a premises on Edward Street.

Joe O’Mahony, secretary of the ONE Sarsfield branch, welcomed all of those who attended, including those from other ONE branches, local councillor Kathleen Leddin, Willie O’Dea TD, Peter A. Byrne, national president of the ONE, representatives from the Limerick branch of the Royal Irish Legion, United Nations Veterans, the Naval Association, army chaplain Reverend Seamus Madigan and members of the Veterans Of The Island Of Ireland.

Pat Lowe, chairman of the Royal British Legion in Limerick read a prayer for the fallen while Cllr Leddin, acting deputy mayor, laid a wreath at the monument in Pery Square on behalf of the citizens of Limerick.

Other wreaths were laid on behalf of the other participating organisations, including the UN veterans and ONE personnel nationwide.

To the sound of the Boherbouy band, the parade then marched to the Dominican church on Glentworth Street where a mass was celebrated by Rev Madigan.

“We would like to thank all those who attended this most important day and we honoured to remember our past friends and comrades who in their own lives were ‘proud to have served’,” said Mr O’Mahony.