1974 – President and Mrs Childers with Most Rev Alan Buchanan, Archbishop of Dublin, and Fr PJ Murphy. Alan Buchanan was a Church of Ireland cleric who served as a chaplain in Italy and in Operation Market Garden.
Today is the anniversary of two costly events in WW2. In 1939 the air carrier Courageous was lost and in 1944 Operation Market Garden began. The allies failed attempt to gain a foothold over the River Rhine into Germany from the Netherlands.