Tribute to the Kilkenny grandfather he never knew

He died in World War I and grandson paid homage to his idol by....

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Grandson's tribute to his fallen grandfather

Simon Geoghegan at the grave inTinnahinch of his grandfather, Pte. Martin Geoghegan who died in World War I which he finished renovating on the day of the 100th anniversary of the end of the war

On the exact date of the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I, a Kilkenny man finished renovating the grave of his grandfather who died in what was the world’s greatest conflict.
It was a labour of love for Simon Geoghegan who wanted to do justice to the memory of his paternal granddad, Pte Martin Geoghegan who died at home in Graignamanagh on August 5, 1917 at 31 years of age, a month after being shot in the neck while serving at the front in France.
Simon secured planning permission for the work on the grave in St Michael's Cemetery, Tinnahinch by the River Barrow from Carlow county council and had to have part of the grave surround redone.

 Pte. Martin Geoghegan

He explained to the local authority that he needed to finish the work by 11/11 (Sunday).
“I had to make a mould to cast each piece of the surround in concrete with a cross etched on each side,” he added.
“Then I had to dig foundations and copy the old surround and paint it all in bitumen paint as was originally done," Simon said.
"It took me many weeks of planning and hard work and my son Tom a retired army man himself was a great help in making this possible,” he added.
He disclosed that a man comes every year from Northern Ireland to Tinnahinch to clean the gravestone which was erected by the War Grave Commission in Britain and for that he is very thankful.