In Pictures: Somme Centenary Commemoration

A minute's silence was held and the President lay a wreath in memory of those killed in the most deadly battle of WWI

The 3,500 Irish soldiers killed in the Battle of the Somme have been remembered at a ceremony in Dublin today.

A minute's silence was held and the President lay a wreath in memory of those killed in the most deadly battle of World War One.

The event took place at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge in Dublin 8.

It is one of series of events being held across Europe to mark 100 years since the fighting.

President Higgins arriving at the Somme Commemoration | Image: MerrionStreet.ie on Twitter

President Higgins inspecting the Guard at the Somme Commemoration | Image: MerrionStreet.ie on Twitter

Marshal Foch's tribute to the Irish Soldiers in WWI is being read | Image: MerrionStreet.ie on Twitter

Taoiseach Enda Kenny invites President Higgins to lay a wreath | Image: MerrionStreet.ie on Twitter

President Higgins lays a wreath on behalf of the Irish people| Image: MerrionStreet.ie on Twitter

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, lays a wreath | Image: MerrionStreet.ie on Twitter