The Kilkenny Great War Memorial Committee was founded in 2011 to promote and honour the memory of just over 800 Kilkenny men and women who gave their lives for the cause of freedom in Europe 1914-1918.
With the help and partnership of the Kilkenny Local Authorities the site for this long overdue memorial will now be located at Noonan’s Folly just off Michael St Kilkenny on the banks of the River Nore. This is a fitting site to honour publicly our own flesh and blood who selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice in the war to end all wars.
These citizens of Kilkenny were from all walks of life and from all religions. They were united in conflict and death did not distinguish their origins. After 100 years of oblivion they will now be remembered forever in a place worthy of their great sacrifice. Almost one third of these citizens have no known grave. Many of these young men were still teenagers. 500 Kilkenny Reservists marched off the war in August 1914. Over 3,000 men and women with Kilkenny connections served in World War One.