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Somme village to dedicate Irish Wall

(Irish News)

An 'Irish Wall' is to be dedicated at the Great War Pipers Memorial in the village of Longueval, Somme in France tomorrow (Saturday).

The memorial features a larger-than-life piper climbing over the parapet of a trench dressed in First World War battledress.

The Irish Wall commemorating the 12 Irish regiments of foot-guards and infantry will display the crests of those now long-disbanded regiments, with only the Irish Guards still serving.

Both the British and Irish ambassadors to France will be represented at the ceremony. Many serving and former members of the British army and Irish defence forces will be present.

Wreaths will be laid at the memorial during the dedication service and a combined Irish pipe band will lead the parade. The mayor of Longueval will host a reception for all attending at the conclusion of events.

Many of those attending from Northern Ireland and the Republic will be conducting battlefield tours and retracing the steps of The 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division during their time in France.

November 28, 2003
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This article appeared first in the October 17, 2003 edition of the Irish News.


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