On Sunday 9th March 2014, a memorial tribute was unveiled in memory of mariners who served Ireland’s waters. The Naval Association (est. 1962 and termed An Cumann Chabhlaigh) organised and conducted the ceremony where the memorial was revealed in front of a large gathering in Cathal Brugha Bks.
The inscription reads “To honour and salute all mariners who served in the Marine Service; Marine Inscription; Naval Service; An Slua Muirí; Naval Service Reserve”.
Some of these maritime organisations existed for some iconic years before being disbanded or reorganised and renamed: Marine Service (1939-1946), Maritime Inscription (Reserve 1939-1947), Naval Service (1922 – present), An Slua Muirí (1947-2007), and the Naval Service Reserve (2007 – present).
The event was organised in conjunction with the Naval Association’s Annual Deceased Members Mass where members of the Army No 1 Band played musical honours during the ceremony, and a Guard of Honour was provided by members of the Naval Association and members of the Dublin Unit of the Naval Service Reserve under the command of Lt Conor Smyth provided the Honour Guard.
This article was previously published in the April 2014 issue of An Cosantoir – The official Magazine of the Irish Defence Forces (dfmagazine.ie) by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald