A poignant day as Limerick remembers its fallen heroes

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Participants getting ready to begin the commemoration ceremony for Remembrance Day in Pery Square last Sunday. Below, George O'Grady, Askeaton, Kevin Egan, Shannon Banks, Tony Ledger, Farranshone, and Ger McNamara, Clonlara. Pictures: Gareth Williams
THERE were emotional scenes in Pery Square over the weekend as Limerick remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

THERE were emotional scenes in Pery Square over the weekend as Limerick remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Around 100 people attended Limerick’s annual Remembrance Sunday commemoration, where a number of wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph in memory of the 1,000 city men who died in the two World Wars.

Metropolitan district mayor Cllr Jerry O’Dea represented Limerick City and County Council at the ceremony, while Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan joined her constituency colleagues Willie O’Dea and Kieran O’Donnell at the ceremony.

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

When the clock struck 11am, a minute silence was observed by the crowd.

A lone bugler played the Last Post, while there was music from the St Mary’s Prize band. Cllr O’Dea thanked the Legion for the effort they put into the day.

He said: “It is wonderful to see so many of the organisation, and the amount of work they have put in to make this day happen.”

Following the commemoration, a Mass was held in St Joseph’s Church, followed by a get-together of veterans in the officer’s mess at Sarsfield Barracks.