Thousands of poppies to fall in Kilkenny to mark Great War sacrifice

Commemoration: The eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month

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Commemoration

During a Civic Service of Choral Mattins, 35,000 poppies will float down from the ceiling of St Canice's Cathedral - one for each of the 35,000 Irish who lost their lives in the war

Thousands of poppies will float down from the ceiling of St Canice's Cathedral at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, to commemorate the sacrifice of all the Irish people who lost their lives in World War I.

Sunday, November 11, marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War. During a Civic Service of Choral Mattins, 35,000 poppies will float down from the ceiling of St Canice's Cathedral - one for each of the 35,000 Irish who lost their lives in the war. The custom of dropping poppies from the ceiling began in 2014, and it will end this year. 

Poppies will begin to fall from the ceiling at 11am, and the Service will begin at 11.30am, with the traditional laying of wreaths at the Cathedral War Memorial by public representatives, including members of the Defence Forces and An Garda Siochana.

The Service of Choral Mattins will be sung by the cathedral choir and will include the anthem 'They are at Rest' by Edward Elgar. The preacher will be The Rev'd David MacDonnell, Dean of Ossory. 

"We welcome all to come to St Canice's on Remembrance Sunday for our Civic Service," said Dean MacDonnell.

"It is a poignant service and one which seeks simply to remember but never to glorify. The symbolic effect of 35,000 poppies strewn on the floor reminds us of the horrific bloodshed of that war and specifically the huge loss of Irish lives"

Help out

Help is also sought in cutting out the poppies which are photocopied onto red card (16 on each card). Community groups, or individuals are asked to volunteer. Card will be available in the cathedral on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

All are welcome to come to the cathedral and assist (please bring a scissors) a cup of tea will be provided or to bring the card home. The Cathedral war memorial books decorated by Harry Clarke will also be on display. 

Contact The Very Rev'd David MacDonnell on 087-9377745 should you or your group wish to volunteer.