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.