Kilkenny marks Anzac Day for fifth year

New Zealanders, Australians and Irish people in Castlecomer and Kilkenny marked Anzac Day over the past week, the fifth year in a row the occasion has been remembered here.

New Zealanders, Australians and Irish people in Castlecomer and Kilkenny marked Anzac Day over the past week, the fifth year in a row the occasion has been remembered here.

On Anzac Day itself, Wednesday of last week, people living in Kilkenny from all three nations gathered for a dawn service at 6am in St Canice’s Cathedral to remember the soldiers from the three countries who fought with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I and also those who have fought in subsequent years.

The dawn service included a prayer of remembrance, a wreath-laying ceremony and the national anthems of each of the three countries.

Festivities then moved to Castlecomer on Saturday, with a display from the James Stephens Barracks military museum held in the Castlecomer Discovery Park and then the annual celebration in Dillons pub in the town.

A national holiday in Australia and New Zealand, Anzac Day has been celebrated in Castlecomer for the past five years, organised by Adelaide native Andy Korff and retired Irish Defence Forces Sgt Martin Barrett, who both live in the North Kilkenny town. Following Wednesday’s dawn service in the cathedral, Mr Korff said he hoped it would become an annual tradition.