World War 1 Memorial to Be Unveiled Sunday 15th July 2018

Kilkenny County Council, in partnership with the Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee, is delighted to announce the unveiling of the Kilkenny World War 1 Memorial. The unveiling ceremony will take place on Sunday 15th July, 2018 at 2pm in the Peace Park, beside Michael Street in Kilkenny City.

The unveiling ceremony realises a key objective of the Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee to honour the 822 men and 5 women from Kilkenny who gave their lives during World War 1.

Donal Croghan, Chairman of the Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee stated that 'this is a landmark day for our Committee and we are extremely appreciative of the support we received from Kilkenny County Council. Without that support we would not have been in position to achieve our objective of realising this monument. From a financial perspective I must acknowledge the huge support from the Elected Representatives in setting aside funds to support this Memorial. Similarly I want to thank the Council Executive for their expert advice in terms of site selection, design and project managing the construction of the monument.'

On behalf of the Elected Members Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr. Eamon Aylward noted that 'there has been ongoing support from the Elected Members for this project dating back to Kilkenny Borough Council and, more recently, similar levels of support from Kilkenny County Council. This monument is a testament to quality, quality stakeholder relationships, quality design, quality location and, most importantly, quality finish'.

Mayor Peter 'Chap' Cleere added that 'it is poignant to reflect on the extent to which Kilkenny lives were lost in World war 1. Such loss must have had a devastating effect on so many families throughout the County. 100 years on it is surely timely that we recognise and remember them with a monument in our County.'

The design of the monument was advised by Kilgallen & Partners Consulting Engineers and the construction of the monument was undertaken by John Somers Construction Ltd. The overall cost of the development is €180,000, €45,000 coming from the Memorial Committee and the balance of funding provided by Kilkenny County Council.

All are welcome to the unveiling ceremony on Sunday which will commence at 2pm. St. Patrick's Brass and Reed Band and the Unity Singers will perform at the ceremony and the unveiling will be performed by Mr. Charlie Flanagan, TD, Minister for Justice and Equality. Parking will be available at County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny City via the Maudlin Street entrance.

For further queries on this Event please contact the following:

Simon Walton, Senior Engineer, Kilkenny County Council, simon.walton@kilkennycoco.ie
Donal Croghan, Chairman, Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee, kilkennywarmemorial@gmail.com

 


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