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Youths set to visit Somme as part of church trip

By Alf McCreary

Published 13/05/2016

Archbishop Eamon Martin
Archbishop Eamon Martin

The leaders of the Church of Ireland and the Catholic Church will lead a group of youths from across Ireland on a journey of historical discovery next month.

Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishop Eamon Martin will start a three-day journey from Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin to the Somme.

The group will pause at the Memorial Wall at Glasnevin that records the names of all who died in the 1916 Easter Rising and will travel along the First World War battlefields where soldiers from all traditions fought and perished side-by-side.

Announcing the initiative in his presidential address at the Church of Ireland General Synod in Dun Laoghaire yesterday, Archbishop Clarke said: “Before the group returns home, we will pause for reflection at the Irish Peace Park in Messines.

“This will be a shared journey on so many different levels, reflecting on our past but also looking to how we can shape our future.”

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