Sunday 24th Nov 2013- Ceremony to Mark the Centenary of the Founding of the Irish Volunteers.

The State Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers, Óglaigh na hÉireann will be held on Sunday 24th November 2013, in the Garden of Remembrance, commencing at 11.00 am.

The Ceremony will be led by President Michael D. Higgins with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. and other members of Government in attendance. 

Over three hundred members of the Defence Forces will participate in the event including a Cavalry Escort, Military Bands, Guard of Honour, Cadet Honour Guard Representative Bodies from across the Defence Forces and an Air Corps Fly Past. The Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the foundation of the Irish Volunteers has unique relevance and resonance for the Defence Forces. Members of the public have also been invited to attend in addition to invited guests.

After the ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance, the President will also open a special Military Archives Exhibition on the early years of the Irish Volunteers and unveil a statuette in the nearby Rotunda Hospital's Pillar and Oval Rooms. Limited access can only be granted to photographers and TV crews to the Rotunda due to space restrictions.

Press Release Date: Sunday 24th Nov 2013

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