(United Dioceses of Cashel, Ferns, Leighlin, Lismore, Ossory & Waterford)

Remembrance Services

Sunday 11 November marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War. During a Civic Service of Choral Mattins 35,000 poppies will float down from the ceiling of St Canice’s Cathedral, one for each of the 35,000 Irish who lost their lives in the Great War. The custom of dropping poppies from the ceiling began in 2014 and will end this year. Each year the number of poppies has increased, representing the increase in bloodshed of the war.

Poppies will begin to fall from the ceiling at 11am (the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day,  of the eleventh month) and the Service will begin at 11.30 with the traditional laying of wreaths at the Cathedral  War Memorial by public representatives, including members of the Defence Forces and An Garda Siochana. The Service of Choral Mattins will be sung by the Cathedral choir and will include the Anthem “They are at Rest” by Edward Elgar The preacher will be The Rev’d David MacDonnell, Dean of Ossory.
Speaking of the event the Dean says “We welcome all to come to St Canice’s on Remembrance Sunday for our Civic Service. It is a poignant service and one which seeks simply to remember but never to glorify. The symbolic effect of 35,000 poppies strewn on the floor reminds us of the horrific bloodshed of that war and specifically the huge loss of Irish lives”
Help is also sought in cutting out the poppies which are photocopied onto red card (16 on each card). Community groups, or individuals are asked to volunteer. Card will be available in the cathedral on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10am and 4pm. All are welcome to come to the cathedral and assist (please bring a scissors) a cup of tea will be provided or to bring the card home. The Cathedral war memorial books decorated by Harry Clarke will also be on display.
Please feel free to contact The Very Rev’d David MacDonnell on 0879377745 should you or your group wish to volunteer.
Note: On Friday 9 November at 1pm James Sherman will give a free lunchtime talk on the Harry Clarke illustrated War Memorial Books. 

Annual Remembrance Services will take place in many churches in the Diocese on Sunday November 11th.

The details for Gorey and Wexford parish services are below. Details for other services will be added as they become available.

The annual Remembrance Service will take place this year on Sunday November 11th at 10.30am in Christ Church Gorey.

“It is exactly 100 years to the day when the guns fell silent on the horrors of the Great War,” says Canon Mark Hayden, rector of Gorey Group of Parishes. “Immediately after the service this year the war memorial for Gorey town and district will be unveiled whilst the bells of Christ Church will join in with churches all over the world in the ‘Peal for Peace’. This will recreate the moment in 1918 when churches all over the world rang their bells to cry out for peace and to remember all those lost in the war. All are very welcome to attend this service and please do let people know about it.


This is the special Centenary Commeration of Armistice Day which takes place on Sunday 11th November, 2018 in St Iberius’ Church, Wexford at 10.30am. This will be a United Service for The Union of Parishes. The service will be broadcast live from St Iberius’ Church on South East Radio. A peal of hand bells will sound immediately following the minute of silence during The Act of Remembrance. The peal of bells, which will sound from churches across the countryside and in the countries holding Remembrance Services on this day will sound as a “Cry for Peace” in the face of war and violence as it exists in the world today. The guest preacher at our service this year is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ferns, The Most Revd Dr Denis Brennan, DD. The Loch Garman Band will provide the music to accompany the hymns and will also play “Nimrod” from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, “Benedictus” by Karl Jenkins, “The Last Post” and “The Reveille”.  We will also be joined by Reverend Fr Aodhán Marken, ADM, Wexford.


There will be a Remembrance Sunday Service in Killurin Church on Sunday 11th November, 2018 at 7.30pm.  Hymns and Act of Remembrance will be accompanied by members of the Loch Garman Band.

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