Sunday, 10 November 2013
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: I was asked what did remembrance Sunday mean to an Irishman and to tell the truth at the time I did not have a straight answer, I mumbled something about solders dying for our freedom etc etc. So when I got back home I began to do a little research only to find out the Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) attended Remembrance Sunday event in Northern Ireland last year. Enda Kenny took part in an event in Enniskillen, where 25 years ago 11 Protestant civilians were killed in an IRA bomb at the town's cenotaph on Remembrance Day. His deputy, Eamon Gilmore, attended the main Remembrance Sunday event at the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Speaking after the ceremony in Belfast, Gilmore said the presence of the two most senior Irish government figures was based on "respect and integrity". The deputy prime minister said people in the Republic had moved on and were comfortable with commemorating the war dead who fought in the British armed forces.