Sunday 19 August 2012

RIC fallen to be commemorated in Dublin

Plans for an unofficial service to commemorate the lives of the 493 members of the Royal Irish Constabulary that were lost in service look set to go ahead next week at Glasnevin Cemetery in time for the 90th anniversary of the disbandment of the force. The service has the support of the Garda Siochana Retired Members Association and the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation, though it seems has no state backing. The full story is at

(With thanks to @CemeteryMan1 on Twitter)

UPDATE: Just to contrast, it looks like Enda Kenny will be the first serving Taoiseach to address an annual service in memory of Michael Collins, general of the Republic's first army, who negotiated the original treaty towards independence from the United Kingdom, and who lost his life as a consequence. The story is at


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