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Services of Remembrance are held across the Diocese of Clogher

Churches throughout Clogher Diocese held Remembrance Services yesterday (Sunday, 13th November) to remember those who made the supreme sacrifice in wars and conflicts around the world.

In Enniskillen, four governments were represented at the Remembrance Service in St Macartin’s Cathedral. The Dean of Clogher, the Very Revd Kenneth Hall, welcomed the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Right Hon Chris Heaton Harris MP, representing the United Kingdom Government; An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD, representing the Irish Government; Mr Chris Rendo, Political/Economic Officer at the US Consulate–General, representing the American Government; and Mr Jerome Mullen, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland, representing the Polish Government.

Dean Kenneth Hall with government representatives in Enniskillen.
Dean Kenneth Hall with government representatives in Enniskillen.

His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Fermanagh, Viscount Brookeborough KG KStJ, represented the King.

The service was held following the wreath–laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Belmore Street, which also marked 35 years since the Remembrance Day bomb in 1987.

The service was conducted by Dean Kenneth Hall assisted by Monsignor Peter O’Reilly of St Michael’s Church.

The preacher was the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd Dr Ian Ellis, who took his text from the Gospel reading, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Dean Kenneth Hall welcomes His Majesty's Lord Lieutenant, Viscount Brookeborough.
Dean Kenneth Hall welcomes His Majesty's Lord Lieutenant, Viscount Brookeborough.

Hymns included iPraise, my soul, the King of heaven,i iI vow to thee, my country,i iYour kingdom come, O God,i iLord, while for all the world we pray,i iBe thou my vision,i and iNearer, to God, to thee,i led by the Cathedral Choir who also sang an anthem, iMy soul, there is a country.i The organist was Mr Glenn Moore.

During the Act of Remembrance, Dean Hall invited those placing wreaths and at the Book of Remembrance, Lt Col Mark Scott (retired) MBE DL, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, said, “In proud and grateful remembrance of the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non–Commissioned Officers, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen and of all those men and women who have given their lives in the service of their Sovereign, their country and of this Province. I now turn a page in the Book of Remembrance.”

The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Mr Warren Kerr of Ballyreagh Silver Band and following the silence the exhortation was said by Lt Col Scott. This was followed by the Piper’s Lament played by Pipe Major Gordon McKeown of 4 UDR Association.

The readings were by Mr John Jones, Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Enniskillen Branch, Viscount Brookeborough and Monsignor Peter O’Reilly.

A selection of photos from the Enniskillen service alongside the National Service of Remembrance in London and elsewhere in the UK is available at this link – with thanks to the Press Association.

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