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03 Dec 2021

Kilkenny's WWI memorial repaired, cameras installed feeding back to garda station

The monument has been attacked twice

WWI memorial

The WWI memorial in Peace Park

Kilkenny's World War I memorial is now fully covered by new CCTV cameras which feed directly back to the garda station.

The monument, which had been defaced and damaged in two incidents, has now been fully repaired. Following discussions with the gardaí, a location was agreed for the installation of coverage. Temporary CCTV was put in place following the most recent incident of vandalism.

The new cameras feed back directly to Kilkenny Garda Station, and the coverage includes the area around the Michael Street handball alleys, which have also been the scene of recent incidents of anti-social behaviour.

The repair work was carried out by local company Molloys of Callan. An imprint was made of the damaged section, and a piece of stone was cut to replace it.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have it back to its former glory," says Chairman of the Kilkenny Great War Committee, Donal Croghan.

"Hopefully now it will be left alone. The cameras mightn't stop someone, but now at least they will be caught."

An event, including a piper and bugler, is due to take place at the memorial on Sunday, July 14, for the National Day of Commemoration.

Meanwhile, the war memorial committee is still inviting people to submit the names of those from Kilkenny who served in THE Second World War. If you know someone from Kilkenny who took part in World War II, please email:
kilkennywarmemorial@gmail.com phone 086 3369080 Post to 48, John Street. If possible include rank, regiment, service number and any other relevant information.

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