The first report is on ANZAC Dawn Ceremony
Seven members of the Irish Naval Association were in attendance.
Since last year New Zealand have opened a Embassy in Ireland so that in future years they will alternate with Australia in organizing the Dawn Ceremony. There then followed the wreath laying with music on the Harp by Ms Ann Tuite. I laid a wreath on behalf of the INA. The last Post was sounded by Corporal John Connolly I.D.F one minute silence was observed followed by Reville.
Tea / Coffee and sandwiches were made available to everyone after the Ceremony.
The invitation for the Commissing Ceremony came through the Cadra Staff in Cathal Brugha Barracks Dublin from the Department of Defence..
Bernie and I arrived early on a very wet and windy afternoon and were escorted to our seats which was reserved for Veteran Associations.
The opening remarks were carried out by the Minister of State for Defence Mr Paul Kehoe TD, The main address was given by An Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Mr Leo Veradkar.
The following were in attendance Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM , Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service Commodore Michael Malone, UK Military Attache the US Military Representive, Sec Gen in the Dept of Defence Des Dowling and Representatives from Babcock Marine at Appledore where the Ship was built .
The Officer Commanding G.B.Shaw is Lt Cdr Philip Dicker from Kilkenny living it Tipperary.
The Ships naming Ceremony sponsor was Emily Byrne, Emily a native of Co Waterford was flown by the Irish Air Corps to Kings College Hospital in the UK when she was just 5 months old and placed immediately on the List for a Liver Transplant. Petty Officer John Fenton INS a family friend volunteered to become a live liver donor for Emily.In doing so John donated 20% of his liver to Emily. It took John over a year to recover.
The management of Babcock Marine unveiled a portrait of G B Shaw in the Ward Room and I presented a Plaque of the INA to the Captain Lt Cdr Philip Dicker it may be the first Plaque on the Ship. The Ship was open to all to visit after the Ceremony.