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National Day of Commemoration ceremony July 10th 2011

The National Day of Commemoration Ceremony, to honour all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations, will be held this Sunday, 10 July, in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. The ceremony will commence at 10:30 a.m.

The ceremony will be attended by the President, the Taoiseach and representatives of the following: Government; Council of State; Diplomatic Corps; Dáil and Seanad; Judiciary; Relatives of the 1916 Leaders, Northern Ireland Representatives; The next-of-kin of those who died in past wars or on UN service and a wide cross-section of the community including ex-servicemen's organizations.

A representative body from the Defence Forces will also be on parade.

The ceremony will commence with a multi-faith service of prayer, after which the President will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland.

Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, the Jewish Community, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Islamic Community will conduct the multi-faith commemoration. This will comprise prayers and readings with responses by those present.

The Bands of 1 Southern and 4 Western Brigades, Defence Forces School of Music will lead the musical element joined by soloist Ms. Regina Nathan.

The ceremony will be open to the public and persons wishing to attend should arrive at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, before 10:15 a.m. However, because of restrictions on space, car parking for the general public will not be provided in the grounds.

For the first time this year Commemoration Ceremonies will also be held in the following locations and will commence at 11:00hrs members of the public wishing to attend should arrive from 10:30am

SLIGO Sligo Borough Council, City Hall, Sligo.

KILKENNY Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny.

GALWAY The Quadrangle, National University of Ireland, University Road

CORK Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork

LIMERICK Limerick City Hall, The Promenade, Merchants Quay, Limerick

WATERFORD New Museum at Bishop’s Place, Waterford