15 July 2016 - The Defence Forces to Commence Changing of the Guard Ceremonies for 2016 at the National Memorial, Merrion Square.

A ceremonial ‘Changing of the Guard’ will take place at the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State', at Merrion Square, Dublin at 1200 pm this coming Saturday the 16th of July 2016.

The ceremony will involve the ceremonial ‘Changing of the Guard’ by members of the Defence Forces, playing of the Last Post and Reveille and the raising of the National Flag.

The National Memorial was unveiled by President Mary McAleese in November 2008 and is the National Memorial to members of the Defence Forces, Óglaigh na hÉireann, who died in the service of the State. It is a place of contemplation and remembrance, where families, relatives and members of the public can reflect on the sacrifice our fallen comrades have made for Ireland.

This ceremony will be the first in a series of six ceremonies taking place at the National Memorial, each Saturday until the 20th of August 2016. Each Changing of the Guard ceremony will be conducted by two different Units of the Defence Forces each week.

This Saturday, the ceremony will involve members of the 2 Brigade Artillery Regiment, based in Custume Barracks, Athlone and members of the 28 Infantry Battalion, based in Finner Camp, Ballyshannon.

Event: Defence Forces Changing of the Guard Ceremony.

Time: 12:00 pm, Saturday 16th July 2016.

Location: National Monument to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State, Merrion Square, Dublin.

Point of Contact: Commandant Pat O’Connor, 087 2482130.

For more information about the National Monument and the Changing of the Guard Ceremony please go here:

A high resolution image of last year events can be seen here:


Press Release Date: 15 July 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer