Irish President McAleese marks Gallipoli war dead
Irish President Mary McAleese is to visit Gallipoli in Turkey to mark the deaths of thousands of Irish soldiers in the First World War.
It is the first official recognition by the Republic of the nearly 4,000 Irish soldiers who died while serving in the British Army during the campaign.
She will visit a Turkish memorial then V-Beach, Helles, where many Irish died.
They died over six months in 1915 in a failed attempt by the Allies to secure the approaches to the Black Sea.
The Irish dead included those serving in the 10th (Irish) Division as well as in the Anzac forces from Australia and New Zealand.
Groups such as the Dublin Fusiliers and Somme Associations have praised President McAleese, who has made the issue of recognising those who died under arms in British military service a centrepiece of her two terms.