Remembrance Day

Posted on : November 20, 2017

On Friday 10th November the staff and students of Sligo Grammar School gathered together with invited guests to commemorate the fallen of the Armed Forces, the Gardaí Síochána and the Search and Rescue Sevices.

Since 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Sligo Grammar School has taken time to remember those who gave their lives in war and conflict as well as those who have selflessly put themselves in harms way for the greater good. Superintendant Mary Murray of the Gardaí Síochána, Captain Barry Dolan of the Armed Forces and Chief Pilot Paraic Slattery of the Search and Rescue Services all laid wreaths to commemorate their dead. Members of the Midlands Legion laid a wreath in remembrance of the fallen of two World Wars. The Head Boy, Eoin McCormack and Head Girl, Aoife Whiteside along with Deputy Head Boy Cian Burns and Deputy Head Girl Isabelle Norris read the list of those past pupils of SGS who died in both World Wars, and wreaths were also laid to their memories. Sligo Grammar School was delighted to welcome as guests student representatives from Summerhill College and the Ursuline College as well as members of many of Sligo’s Religious Communities, Councillor Seamus Kilgallen and Mr. Tony McLoughlin, TD. The service ended with the very emotional Last Post played by Mr. Michael Casey and followed by two minutes silence in memory of the dead. All the guests and participants were invited back to the school library for refreshments after the ceremony.

Next year will see a particularly important Remembrance Day Ceremony as it will commemorate the end of World War I, a conflict in which so many Irishmen died and were forgotten about for almost a century. For photos of the service, click HERE





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