Kilkenny public invited to attend unveiling of the Great War Memorial

Minister Charlie Flanagan will be here on Sunday to do the honours

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GREAT WAR MEMORIAL

The war memorial is located in Peace Park, adjacent to Michael Street in Kilkenny City

The Kilkenny World War I Memorial in Peace Park will be officially unveiled this Sunday - and the public are invited to attend.

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan will perform the unveiling. The ceremony will see  a key objective of the Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee realised - to honour the 822 men and 5 women from Kilkenny who gave their lives during World War I.

"This is a landmark day for our Committee and we are extremely appreciative of the support we received from Kilkenny County Council," said Donal Croghan, Chairman of the Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee.

"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."

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Eamon Aylward says there has been ongoing support from the elected members for the project dating back to Kilkenny Borough Council and, more recently, similar levels of support from Kilkenny County Council.

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"This monument is a testament to quality, quality stakeholder relationships, quality design, quality location and, most importantly, quality finish," he said.

Mayor of Kilkenny Peter 'Chap' Cleere said it was poignant to reflect on the extent to which Kilkenny lives were lost in World War I.

"Such loss must have had a devastating effect on so many families throughout the county. One hundred years on it is surely timely that we recognise and remember them with a monument in our county," he said.

The design of the monument was advised by Kilgallen and 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, with €45,000 coming from the Memorial Committee and the balance of funding provided by Kilkenny County Council.

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The unveiling ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 15 at 2pm in the Peace Park, beside Michael Street in Kilkenny City. All are welcome to attend.

St Patrick's Brass and Reed Band and the Unity Singers will perform at the ceremony. Parking will be available at County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny City via the Maudlin Street entrance.