First World War commemoration 2014 Northern Ireland
A series of national commemorative events took place across the UK on Monday 4 August to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.
The Secretary of State attended a service of remembrance at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast on Monday evening, alongside HRH The Duke of York. Senior figures from the main churches in Northern Ireland were present along with representatives of other faith communities. Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht of Dáil Éireann also attended. Ms Villiers then took part in a candlelight vigil from 10-11pm in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, to coincide with similar events taking place across the UK. Lights at the City Hall were switched off as part of ‘Lights Out’, a UK-wide moment of reflection to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.