President-elect Michael D Higgins has referred to a reticence over many years in Ireland to recognise the human reality of World War I and those who fought and died in it.

He was speaking at Glasnevin Cemetery this morning at a State commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the war.

Over 47 countries were represented at the service, and officials laid wreaths at the Irish military plot, before The Last Post was played and the Irish flag returned to full mast.

Commemorations will occur around the country throughout the day.

-Noah Harte