A Roscommon Fine Gael Senator says that, as the centenary of the Armistice draws near, wearing the Shamrock Poppy honours the 200,000 Irish men and women who served and especially the 50,000 Irish who died in World War I.

Senator Frank Feighan says that November 11th marks a very significant centenary – the end of the First World War.

Figures show that up to 50,000 Irish people died in World War I, with 1137 said to have hailed from Mayo, 557 from Roscommon, 598 from Sligo and 1180 from Galway.

Senator Feighan says he has already sent a Shamrock Poppy to every Irish MEP, members of the Oireachtas and councillors along with members of the UK Parliament.

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