Latest: President and Taoiseach pay tribute to Irish people who died during conflict

Update 3.15pm: Events have been taking place across the country to mark National Commemoration Day.

The annual event pays tribute to the Irish men and women who have died during conflict.

Earlier, President Michael D.Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led a ceremony at Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

An open day has also been taking place in the Phoenix Park to showcase the career opportunities available with the Defence Forces.


Captain John Forde says it is a chance to display the variety of work they do.

"Today the open day represents an opportunity to tell people about the roles and responsibilities of the many opportunities there are for people whenever they join the ranks of the Defence Forces, from the helicopter pilots to the explosive ordnance personnel and the opportunities overseas obviously," he said.

EarlierEvery Irish person who has died in past wars or on service with the United Nations will be honoured on the National Day of Commemoration today.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will lead a ceremony at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham in Dublin starting at 10.30pm this morning, to be followed by an Air Corps flyover.

Events will also take place in Waterford, Sligo, Kilkenny, Limerick, Galway and Cork.

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