Poignant ceremony set to remember Limerick’s war dead

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A wreath is laid at the war memorial at Pery Square at a previous Remembrance Sunday commemoration in Limerick city
LIMERICK’s annual Remembrance Sunday commemoration will take place at the War Memorial in Pery Square in the city centre this weekend.

LIMERICK’s annual Remembrance Sunday commemoration will take place at the War Memorial in Pery Square in the city centre this weekend.

A wreath will be laid in memory of the 1,000 Limerick men who made the ultimate sacrifice this Sunday at 10.45am.

And when the clock strikes 11 o’clock, a minute’s silence will be observed by the crowd.

There will then be a memorial Mass at St Joseph’s Church.

The commemoration has been organised by the Limerick branch of the Royal British Legion, and will be attended by veterans of the armies of Ireland, Britain and the USA.

Metropolitan district mayor Cllr Jerry O’Dea will lay a wreath on behalf of Limerick City and County Council, while a wreath of poppies will be laid by Limerick branch president Eamon Doyle, on behalf of the Irish Royal British Legion.

Music will be provided on the day by the St Mary’s Prize Band.

Additional wreaths will be placed at the Memorial by representatives of the American Legion in Ireland, the Organisation of National Ex-servicemen, the Irish Naval Association and the Irish United Nations Interim Force in the Lebanon, plus the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association (1992) among other groups.

Chief Superintendent David Sheahan will represent the gardai at the ceremony, while representatives of St John’s Ambulance and the Order of Malta.

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Deputies Kieran O’Donnell and Willie O’Dea have all been invited, as have local councillors.

Members of the Royal British Legion’s Limerick branch will be selling poppies at the Crescent Shopping Centre, outside Debenhams and at Brown Thomas on Friday and Saturday.

The poppies will be on sale at the Milk Market on Saturday only. They can also be obtained from rbl-limerick.webs.com/, in St Mary’s Cathedral, and on the day of the commemoration.

The events on Sunday get under way at 10am, where there will be a special reception hosted at No 1 Pery Square hotel.

A gathering will be held after the Sunday Mass in the officers mess at the Sarsfield Barracks in Lord Edward Street.