National Day of Commemoration Sunday 14/7/2019

We had a very large turn out from the Irish Naval Association (INA) including the Vice President from Cork,some of our members traveled up from Limerick and of course Dublin had large group Approx 20 in total.
The Ceremony is held Annually to Honour all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. The Ceremony is held in Collins Barracks in Dublin which was an army base for some 290 years before being renovated for use as a museum.The officiating representatives were from all the main religions ten in total.Music was provided by Soloist Ms Mairead Buicke and the Band of ! Brigade Conducted by Captain Brian Prendergast. After the prayers the Taoiseach invites the President of Ireland to lay a wreath in honour of all Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars. Following the minutes silence, the Cadet Guard of honour renders honours and the Trumpeters and Drummers sound the Last Post The National Flag then was hoisted to full mast accompanied by a roll of drums, followed immediately by the National Anthem. Humanist Reflection As the poet Maya Angelou reminded us History, despite its wrenching Pain,Cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage,need not be lived again.

After the Ceremony there was some refreshments provide in a marquee close by which included Tea, Coffee, Wine and Beer. The photographer that took some of the photos on the day was Kevin Devlin past member of #2 Coy Slua Muiri.I would like to congratulate all our members for making the effort on the day as the weather was stunning and it would have been very easy to be someplace else.

13/7/2019 Annual Ceremony of Remembrance

Bernie and I attended The Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland Annual Ceremony of Remembrance and Wreath Laying at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens Island Bridge, Dublin.
Officiating Clergy Rev Peter Rutherford RBL ROI. Father Seamus Madigan Head Chaplin to the Irish Defence Forces. Music was by the Band of 1 Brigade, defence forces Ireland directed by captain Brian Prendergast with the Band of the 2an Battalion,Royal Irish Regiment ( Bandmaster) Richard Douglas, and Elizabeth Woods (Soprano) with the Brooks Singers.
The welcome Address was given by Brian Duffy, District Chairman RBL Republic of Ireland.
Our own Dublin Branch Secretary Alan Ryan carried the INA Colours in the parade of Standards / Colours . Charles Flanagan T.D Minister for Justice and Equality read the Lesson. Elizabeth Woods sung NOW IS THE HOUR by Vera Lynn. During the Wreath Laying Ceremony " Oft in the Stilly Night" was sung by the Choir.
I had the Honour of laying a wreath on behalf of the INA. There were Approx 1000 people taking part with a large contingent from the North of Ireland and Ambassadors from 13 Countries, It is getting bigger every year.
I would like to thank Alan Ryan for Carrying our Colours and our Branch Chairman Brian Farrell for their attendance and a special word of thanks to Martin Kiely and Pat Brosnan for making the journey up from Limerick. Pat entertained the British military Attache


12/7/2019 National Day, Bastille Day Garden Party
Bernie and I attended France National Day, Bastille Day Garden Party at the residence of the Ambassador of France H.E.Mr Stephane Crouzat and Ms Jennifer Crouzat-Zeitlin on behalf of the Irish Naval Association. We were made very welcome as we were taken out of the queue and presented to the Ambassador separately from the crowd. There was a large crowd with a lot of TDs , Senators.and a good mixtures of Embassy's in attendance. It was nice to meet up with people that we made friends with over the last two years. The Ambassadors speech was excellent where he spoke about Irish men who had fought in the French Army and Navy over the years and how they have been honoured There was a very good selection of food and drinks available. The entertainment was provided by the Letchikos band and the Mellow Tonics Choir The weather was kind to us overcast but warm and no rain.

Bryan Gildea.
President of the Irish Naval Association.