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    Irish army flags to fly at service

    Military flags from the Republic will fly alongside those of the Royal British Legion at a forthcoming remembrance ceremony in Londonderry.

    Belgian flags will also be carried during a wreath-laying event at the Diamond on November 7.

    A week before the official Remembrance Sunday ceremony, representatives of the Connaught Rangers' Association and Royal Dublin Fusiliers' Association will join British Legion counterparts to pay tribute to the fallen of the First World War.

    The occasion will follow the third Annual Variety Show and Remembrance Service in aid of the Royal British Legion poppy appeal, to be held on November 6 in the Waterside Theatre.

    Organiser Glenn Barr has masterminded the building of a peace tower, peace school and a peace village to be constructed by next summer in the Belgian town of Messines, all based on a First World War theme.

    And he said civic and military representatives from Belgium would be taking part in the forthcoming events in Derry.

    He also revealed that choirs from predominantly Protestant and Catholic schools in Derry would take part in the variety concert.

    Mr Barr said: "At the annual variety show, there will be a parade at the theatre including the Connaught Rangers' Association, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers' Association, Irish UN veterans, and Belgian military representatives, as well as local military associations.

    "At the concert, as well as the Tullintrain pipe band and Hamilton flute band, there will be St Mary's accordion band from Buncrana, the current all Ireland accordion band champions.

    "And a performance of the Harp and Crown will feature a joint choir from St Cecilia's College, Creggan, and Lisneal College, Waterside.

    "We are delighted that this is taking on a whole new approach, and that people from all traditions and religions are taking part to remember those who died."

    Mr Barr said it is hoped that dignitaries from the Republic would attend the variety show.

    Mr Barr has been to the forefront of efforts to persuade the Republic's government to officially recognise the sacrifices of Irish soldiers who fought in the First World War.

    Taken from Belfast Telegraph 30-10-04

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    The Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines is worth a visit. The central structure is a round tower. When Mrs McAleese was there to open it, one of the locals hit her up for a bell for the village church, to go with the one he got from the UK. He got it too. Its embossed with "a gift from the people of Ireland to the people of Messines."

    The 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions helped capture Messines Ridge on 7th June 1917. But not at Messines village, which is at the southern end of the ridge. New Zealanders fought there. The Irish took the village of Wyschaeyte a few miles to the north. Just west of Wyschaeyte is the 16th Div memorial, a Celtic cross.

    Most of the countries that fought on the Western Front now run interpretative centres for visitors, Canada explains how and why the Newfoundland Regiment fought on the Somme, and the participation of the rest of Canada at Vimy Ridge. But Ireland is sadly lacking in this department.
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