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Memorial Service in Limerick Honours the Fallen Soldiers

Limerick, Ireland – A solemn memorial service for the late Lord Kitchener was held yesterday afternoon at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick, where prayers were offered for the soldiers and sailors who have bravely fallen in the current conflict. The service drew a large congregation, with notable attendees including Anthony Weldon, commanding officer of the Leinster Regiment, along with a significant contingent of officers.

The atmosphere throughout the ceremony was one of solemn reverence, with appropriate hymns sung by the choir and congregation. The Dean, Dr Hackett, delivered a brief yet poignant address, noting that the occasion marked one of the most solemn gatherings ever held within the venerable walls of the Cathedral.

Lord Kitchener, remembered as a great soldier and organiser of armies numbering millions, had passed away, leaving a legacy intertwined with the sacrifices of brave soldiers and sailors who had given their lives in defence of liberty, truth, and justice.

“The Dead March in Saul” echoed through the hallowed halls of the Cathedral, followed by the haunting strains of the Last Post, as the service came to a poignant conclusion, bringing solace to those gathered in remembrance.

The memorial service served as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have bravely fought for their country, their memories enshrined in the hearts of a grateful nation.

For the residents of Limerick and beyond, the ceremony offered a moment of collective reflection and gratitude for the dedication and valour of those who have laid down their lives in service to their country.

The echoes of the service lingered in the air, a testament to the enduring spirit of remembrance and honour that binds communities together in times of both sorrow and solemnity.

In this historic Cathedral, steeped in centuries of tradition, the memory of Lord Kitchener and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice will continue to be honoured and revered, ensuring that their legacy lives on for generations to come.

Dublin Daily Express – Thursday 15 June 1916