Ceremonies held to remember those who died in service to Ireland

The commemorations honour all those who died in past wars or on UN service

Ceremonies held to remember those who died in service to Ireland

Image: Stephen Murphy / Newstalk

The Taoiseach and the President have honoured the Irish men and women who died in service to their country this morning.

The annual National Day of Commemoration Ceremony honours all those who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations.

The ceremony got underway at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin at 10:30am this morning - as well as at six locations across Ireland.

The countrywide events took place in Waterford, Sligo, Kilkenny, Limerick, Galway and Cork.

Image: Stephen Murphy / Newstalk

Colonel James O'Shea said it is an important event for the Defence Forces:

"It is hugely important to commemorate those who have lost their lives in the service over a number of years," he said.

"It is one of the bigger days in the calendar for us and you can see here in terms of the representation from the President, the Taoiseach, Judiciary, politicians and everyone in terms of the general public who have come here to support us on this day."

"For us, it is a massive event." 

Government Ministers Eoghan Murphy, Simon Harris, Charles Flanagan, Simon Coveney and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald arrive at the commemorations ceremony, 09-07-2017. Image: Stephen Murphy / Newstalk

The President Michael D. Higgins laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland following the multi-faith military ceremony.

Next-of-kin of those who died in service were invited to take part, alongside a wide cross-section of the community – including ex-servicemen's organisations and relatives of the 1916 Leaders.

A range of government members joined the Taoiseach alongside the council of state, diplomatic corps, members of the judiciary and representatives from the North.

The ceremony is open to the public.