War memorial on the cards for St Mary’s

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

War memorial on the cards for St Mary’s
Kilkenny Borough Council is seeking approval from the National Monuments Service to construct a World War I memorial at St Mary’s Church.

Kilkenny Borough Council is seeking approval from the National Monuments Service to construct a World War I memorial at St Mary’s Church.

The project would honour fallen soldiers and recognise the role played by people here in the Great War. The preliminary design depicts a small central etching of a soldier, surrounded by plaques of names.

At a meeting last month, Noel Bourke made a presentation to the St Mary’s Conservation and Restoration Committee with a suggested design proposal. The design was then produced at last week’s borough council meeting.

Director of services John Mulholland said that the space being considered was the wall immediately on the left as you pass through the main entrance gates. He said there would be further discussion in relation to construction design and etching, and that the final monument might not necessarily look exactly like the one depicted.

“We are looking for approval to go to the National Monuments Service in order to advance this further, and have it ready for the construction phase of the St Mary’s Church project in 2016,” he said.

The members agreed to submit the outline proposal to the NMS for approval.

Open Day

There will be an open day on March 29 for members of the public to attend and see firsthand the work that has been ongoing at the church and graveyard in recent months. It will begin with a presentation in City Hall, followed by a site visit.

A work programme for the site has been agreed for the year ahead, and a notice has been placed on ETenders for the appointment of a construction firm. The site will have to be temporarily blocked off from July with the commencement of work.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan is the chairperson of the St Mary’s Conservation and Restoration Committee, while among the memers are Cllr Sean O’ hArgain, senior borough engineer Kieran Fitzgerald, Dearbhala Ledwidge (Heritage Officer), Town Clerk Brian Tyrrell, and Peter McQuillan of Kilkenny Archaeological Society.