Ceremony to remember those lost in the Battle of the Somme to take place in Dublin today

Ceremony to remember those lost in the Battle of the Somme to take place in Dublin today

A wreath-laying ceremony will take place in Dublin this morning to honour the 3,500 people who died in the Battle of the Somme.

The battle took place on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France in 1916 during the First World War.

The President and Taoiseach will attend the commemoration in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens this morning.

Dublin's Lord Mayor Brendan Carr has said it is important to remember the people who died in the violence.

“There was thousands of Irish, there was over 3,500 Irish killed at this battle,” said Car.

“But, the battle wasn’t necessarily fighting for Britain or fighting for France. It was fighting an oppression coming in on top of Europe and it was in everyone’s interest that Europe was kept a free zone from this kind of oppression.

“So that what Ireland were doing - they contributed very well, very bravely and it’s important that we remember those people.”


More in this Section

Three arrested following Irish teen's death in AustraliaThree arrested following Irish teen's death in Australia

Around 98% of Covid-19 tests showing negative, says HSEAround 98% of Covid-19 tests showing negative, says HSE

Four deaths and 57 new cases associated with Covid-19 confirmedFour deaths and 57 new cases associated with Covid-19 confirmed

North reports one new Covid-19 death and 25 extra casesNorth reports one new Covid-19 death and 25 extra cases


Lifestyle

Esther N McCarthy finds funky fabric and Bantry baskets as well as exploring virtual galleries. Wish List: In pursuit of funky fabric and Bantry baskets

The longest day is fast approaching and this year it occurs on Saturday, June 20th.Sky Matters: let's hope for clear skies on the summer solstice

My most vivid memory of primary school is not being able to do maths. The teachers tried their best with me but I just couldn’t do it.School Daze with Bernard O'Shea: 'Lads I knew from school can't believe I became a comedian'

Three young people tell Helen O’Callaghan about the highs and lows of their lives during the current crisis.Teens coping with the Leaving Cert in the time of Covid-19

More From The Irish Examiner