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People are sharing this wonderful pic of the army officer seen on the phone yesterday

Twitter was ablaze after this officer was spotted on his phone at the 1916 commemorations.

YESTERDAY, THERE WAS outcry after an army officer was spotted on his phone in the middle of the 1916 commemorations.

After a significant amount of chatter on Twitter a spokesperson for the Defence Forces confirmed to the Irish Independent that the man was an army press officer, and was simply doing his job at the time.

Now, these photos of the same officer kneeling to speak to Sheila O’Leary (whose father and mother both fought in the Rising) are being shared widely:

O’Leary’s parents were Thomas Byrne and Lucy Agnes Smyth, who were both in the GPO during the rebellion – she was pictured holding her father’s medals as she waited for the centenary commemorations to begin.

1916 Easter Rising commemoration Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

The photos of O’Leary and the army press officer have been shared thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook, with people saying they should be going viral in the first photo’s place.

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