National Day of Commemorationion 2023
Sunday the 9th of July the Irish Naval Association attended the National Day of commemoration in Collins Barracks Cork with members from Dublin, Limerick and Cork in attendance. A large number of Clergy representing the different religions in Ireland took part in the Ceremony. The President Michael D Higgins along with his wife, An Taoiseach. members of the Diplomatic Corps. Council of State, Government Ministers, Chief of Staff Rory O Connor. FOCNS Michael Malone were all in attendance. The Cadets provided the Guard of Honour. Music was provided by the Band of the 1st Brigade, Soloist Ms Gemma Ni Bhriain, and the Lone Piper was Coy Sergeant Kevin Duncan.
The President laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland, Trumpeters and Drummers sounded the Last Post, the National Flag was hoisted to full mast Reveille was sounded followed immediately by the National Anthem. There was a fly past at the end of the National Anthem by PC9's Aircraft. After the Ceremony there was finger food, tea, coffee, wine and of course Guinness laid on in the Mens Mess.

There had been am incident on the railway line on the way down to Cork in the morning, passengers had to transfer to busses and then back on to the Train. There was busses waiting at Kent Station to bring us up to the Barracks. Luckily the President was late so we did not miss much of the Ceremony
A busy weekend

Bryan Gildea.
President of the Irish Naval Association

O/C Aer Corps, with Andy McSharry INA, Commodore Michael Malone F.O.C.N.S and INA President Bryan Gildea
Former Vice President Andy McSharry, Lt.Cdr Martin Durkin NSR and Brian Gildea President INA
Two Presidents Wives meet and greet, Bernie Gildea and Sebina Higgins
Members of our Limerick, Cork and Dublin Branch with INA President Bryan Gildea