Remembrance Service in Gorey

By Dan Walsh at Christ Church, Gorey

The annual Remembrance Service took place in Christ Church, Gorey, today, where the address was delivered by Deputy Cathal Berry T.D. before a large congregation where the message was clear; “When you go home, tell them of us and say; for your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE in Christ Church, Gorey (Pic; Joseph Dixon Photography))

The welcome was one of remembrance from Canon Mark Hayden, Rector of Gorey Group of Parishes, who said it was the first service since 2019, he offered a special welcome to the French Embassy, and recalled it was the 100th anniversary of the foundation of An Garda Siochána and 200th anniversary of the Irish Coast Guard.

The First Reading was delivered by Sgt. Stephen Ennis of An Garda Siochána and the Second Reading was read by Linda Sinnott of the Irish Coast Guard Service (Courtown)).

Music was provided by Arklow Shipping Silver Band and Gorey Pipe Band.

The Colour Party consisted of members of the Irish United Nations Veterans’ Organisation ((Post 3, Gorey) under the command of Sgt-Major William Gilbert.

The attendance included Minister James Browne, Deputies Verona Murphy and Brendan Howlin, Senator Malcolm Byrne, Cllr Donal Kenny, Cathaoirleach and Cllrs Pip Breen, Joe Sullivan, Diarmuid Devereux, Anthony Donohoe, Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin and Mary Farrell.

Wreaths were laid on behalf of IUNVO, the French Embassy, An Garda Siochána, RNLI Courtown Lifeboat, County Wexford Civil Defence, Irish Coast Guard ((Courtown), Wexford County  and Rescue Service (Gorey and the county), the Ambulance Service, the Royal British Legion, Gorey Pipe Band, Arklow Shipping Silver Band, the Masonic Order, North Wexford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Irish War Society, Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, ONÉ (National Ex-Service Personnel), and a Peace Wreath in remembrance of all the men and women who gave their lives for the Cause of Irish Freedom.

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