A remembrance ceremony was held at Eyre Square in Galway city this morning as the country paused to reflect and remember those who lost their lives during the pandemic.
In her address, Mayor Colette Connolly thanked all the services that have contributed and assisted in the response to COVID-19, and described how they played a huge part in the last two years of keeping people safe.
She also remembered those who died during the pandemic and the families that were bereaved.
The ceremony acknowledged and recognised the pivotal role and the contribution of the Galway City Community Call Forum to the Covid-19 response in the city.
As well as a formal wreath-laying ceremony, there was a poetry reading from local poet, Gerry Hanberry and laments from singer Ceara Conway.
The ceremony enabled individual and collective remembrance and commemoration of all those who died and who have been bereaved during the pandemic.