Monday 18 December 2017

Crowds gather for Barry Day ceremony

WEXFORD celebrated ' Barry Day' on Sunday when a large number of people gathered on Crescent Quay.

The parade and wreath laying ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, led by Minister Brendan Howlin.

There were also a large number of local councillors present, including the outgoing Mayor of Wexford Joe Ryan, and County Manager Eddie Breen.

There was a large attendance from the Irish Naval Service led by the head of the Irish Navy, Captain Mark Mellett. Minister Howlin reviewed the members of the Naval Service.

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Purvis, Defense Attaché at the US Embassy, was also in attendance at the ceremony for Commodore John Barry, the Tacumshane native who is recognised as the 'Father of the American Navy'.

The music at the ceremony was provided by local musicians from the Fife and Drum Band and the Holy Family Confraternity Band. Both the Irish and American national anthems were played.

Wreaths were laid at the statue of Commodore Barry by Philip Dillon, on behalf of the Barry family, by Minister Howlin, by John Fowler of ONE and by Lieutenant Colonel Purvis. Deputy Liam Twomey laid a wreath at the memorial to all the Wexford people lost at sea.

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