The Irish president inaugurated on Wednesday panel of inscriptions constructed in the memory of Irish soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Canakkale.
The battle is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence.
Ireland's President Mary McAleese opened the inscriptions after visiting V-Beach Cemetery, attending a lunch hosted by Canakkale Governor's Office and Irish Embassy in Ankara, and visiting the Anzac Cave.
McAleese also participated in a ceremony at the Yesiltepe Cemetery to commemorate 127 Irish soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Canakkale.
The president said only those who witnessed could know how terrible a war was.
McAleese said they were in Canakkale today to remember and commemorate both the Irish and Turkish soldiers, they gathered for peace and they were remembering friendship and fraternity.
During the World War I, a joint British Empire and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, and secure a sea route to Russia. The Battle of Gelibolu (Gallipoli) took place at the peninsula in northern Turkey from April 25th, 1915 to January 9th, 1916 causing heavy casualties on both sides. The campaign is known as the Canakkale Battles since the peninsula is a part of the province of Canakkale.
McAleese visits cemetery of Irish soldiers in Turkey
Battle of Canakkale is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people.