Irish heroes of World War One honoured at Armistice Day Commemoration in Glasnevin

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Four Irish war heroes have been honoured today with newly-unveiled plaques during Armistice Day commemorations in Dublin.

The memorials in Glasnevin cemetery commemorate Frederick Edwards of the Middlesex Regiment and John Vincent Holland of the Leinster Regiment.

Thomas Hughes of the Connaught Rangers and Martin O’Meara of the Australian Imperial Force are also remembered for their efforts in the First World War.

All four were awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, and Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust, John Green, led proceedings at this year’s Armistice Day Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery this morning.

The event was marked by the laying of wreaths at the Cross of Sacrifice, to remember the thousands of Irish men and women who died fighting in World War One.

This was followed by the unveiling of the commemorative plaques in honour of the four Irish heroes who received the Victoria Cross for their efforts in World War One.

Reflecting on today’s event, Paschal Donohoe said:

“I am honoured once again to have the opportunity to partake in the Armistice Day Commemoration, during which wreaths are laid in memory of the many Irish men and women who gave their lives during World War One.

“The sacrifices made, and the bravery shown, by them is remembered with pride and admiration.

“Hearing the stories of those whose plaques are being unveiled also brings real life to proceedings and gives us a sense, and an understanding, of the courageousness and selflessness of those we commemorate here today”.

The event was closed by the sounding of the last post. This was followed by a minutes silence and the Reveille.

When reflecting on the importance of today’s commemoration, Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust, John Green, said:

‘The Cross of Sacrifice under which we laid these commemorative wreaths this morning is a lasting tribute to the Irish men and women who fought in World War 1 and the enormous sacrifices they made, in the case of tens of thousands it was the ultimate sacrifice.

“The laying of wreaths today in honour of Frederick Edwards VC (Middlesex Regiment), John Vincent Holland VC (Leinster Regiment), Thomas Hughes VC (Connaught Rangers) and Martin O’Meara VC (Australian Imperial Force) gives a particular understanding of the breadth of social and geographic backgrounds from which all of these Irish men and women were drawn.

“I would hope that today’s commemoration will further add to the spirit of inclusiveness and reconciliation, so important to this Decade of Centenaries.”