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Ireland to take part in Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph ceremony

The Government of Ireland has been invited to the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph to commemorate the contribution and shared sacrifice made by Irish men and women who served in the British Armed Forces.

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The Government of Ireland has been invited to lay a wreath at this and future years’ Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on 9 November 2014 in recognition of the immense contribution and shared sacrifice made by many thousands of Irish men and women who have served in the British Armed Forces.

The invitation, which coincides with the centenary year of the outbreak for the First World War, will be delivered on Tuesday 14 October to the Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, H.E. Daniel Mulhall, by Dr Andrew Murrison MP, the Prime Minister’s special representative for the Centenary Commemoration of the First World War and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said:

Throughout the First World War Irish servicemen stood side by side with men and women from across Great Britain and the Commonwealth. As we commemorate the centenary of the start of the war it is right we remember our nations’ shared sacrifice.

Her Majesty the Queen will lead the Remembrance Sunday commemorations alongside other members of the Royal Family. The Prime Minister, leading politicians, representatives of many of the world’s religions, dignitaries and military leaders will also attend.

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Published 14 October 2014