Kilkenny’s long-awaited war memorial is to be unveiled at a public ceremony this Saturday afternoon on Canal Square in the city.
The monument is a 1.2 metre-high rectangular standing stone made of Kilkenny limestone. A local stone-carving artist, Aileen-Anne Brannigan, has hand carved the piece, which is to acknowledge people from Kilkenny who have served in armies at home and abroad.
the unveiling ceremony was initially to have taken place on Sunday, however at Monday night’s meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council, several members of the Fianna Fail group said that not enough notice had been given and they would not be able to attend.
Fianna Fail Cllrs John Coonan and Joe Reidy said that more notice should have been given for such an important event. Their party colleague Joe Malone echoed this sentiment.
“I also will not be available on Sunday as I am going to the [Eucharistic] Congress,” he said.
“I would ask if it is possible to have this the day before. I would like to be there as I was on the committee, and have been the proposer of this motion from the outset.”
The Mayor said he had no difficulty with bringing the date forward to Saturday at 3pm. Members of the Defence Forces have also been invited to attend he said.