War veterans honoured at Limerick commemoration

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK’s war veterans have been honoured in a special ceremony at City Hall.

LIMERICK’s war veterans have been honoured in a special ceremony at City Hall.

Limerick City Council organised a Day of Commemoration on Sunday to honour all Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations.

The second year the City Council has hosted the ceremony, representatives of the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, the Jewish Community and the Islamic Community all took part in the multi-faith commemoration.

It comprised prayers and readings, while Mayor Gerry McLoughlin laid a wreath.

Following this, a minutes silence was observed, and the national flag was raised.

The 12th Infantry Battalion at Sarsfield Barracks took part in the ceremony, while the music was supplied by Limerick diocese choral group Musica Sacra Chorale.

An Uillean Piper and Harpist also performed on the day.

Mayor McLoughlin said it was an honour for him to be asked by the battalion to law the wreath.

It was an emotional day, he added.

“We must pray for all the innocent people caught in conflict, as well as victims of violence,” he advised.

Mayor McLoughlin said events like Sunday’s commemoration help to mend the scars felt by war and conflict.

The mayor himself has had relatives involved in conflict.

His grandfather fought in the First World War, was gassed and felt the negative effect to his health for the rest of his life.

His father was in the Irish Army, as was his uncle.

He said it is so important to support Limerick’s war veterans.

“They often talk about the hard times they went through. It is wonderful for them to be able to come to a commemoration like this,” he said.

Ceremonies to mark the National Day of Commemoration also took place in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Kilkenny and Sligo.