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Come see the LÉ Eithne and the Army Band in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Friday 1pm!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
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dlr to honour Irish Naval Service with Freedom of Entry to the County

The LÉ Eithne will berth in Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Thursday night and will accept the honour at a formal ceremony in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza on Friday 31st March at 1pm. 

On behalf of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, An Cathaoirleach, of dlr, Cllr Cormac Devlin, is hosting an Honourary Freedom of Entry to the County for the Irish Naval Service this coming Friday 31st March, in recognition of its humanitarian service on behalf of the people of Ireland and the European Union. The award is also to acknowledge the duties undertaken by officers and crew of the Irish Naval Service as part of Operation Pontus - the international effort to aid migrants in the Mediterranean. This award will be accepted by the crew of the LÉ Eithne on behalf of the Naval Service.

An Cathaoirleach of dlr, Cllr Cormac Devlin, said, The Irish Defence Forces have a proud record of international humanitarian service on behalf of the EU and UN. Defence Forces ships, working with the Italian navy as part of Operation Pontus, have rescued over 15,000 would-be migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea." 

The custom of granting armed forces Freedom of Entry dates from medieval Europe and in the case of the Navy, Freedom of Entry was usually given in recognition of the defence of sea port cities and towns. The granting of the Right of Freedom of Entry is the highest compliment a municipality can bestow on a Naval group.

There will be live music and a short parade by the Army Band and the crew of the LÉ Eithne. The event will be mc’d by Mary Kennedy from RTÉ. 

The event has been organised with the kind assistance from the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and dlr would love for people to join us for this very special event in the year of the Harbour Bicentennial.