The Kilkenny Great War Memorial

Open Invite – Remembrance Ceremony – Sun 8th Nov

We wish to extend an open invitation to attend an Ecumenical Service of Commemoration in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle on Sunday next 8th November dedicated to the memory of the 3,129 men and women from Kilkenny who took part in World War One.

The ceremony will commence at 5pm sharp, please be in attendance by 4:30pm. Attending the Ceremony will be representatives from different Faiths, from Embassies of the countries our compatriots served with, Regimental Associations, Local Authority, re-enactors, members of the St Patrick’s Brass and Reed band and many others will take part in the Ceremony. Wreaths will be laid, the Last Post sounded and a minutes silence observed to remember the dead.

The Kilkenny Great War Memorial

In conjunction with this ceremony we again display the 3,129 crosses dedicated to each man and woman from Kilkenny who took part in the ‘Great War’ as it became known. This time the crosses will be laid out in the format of a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, with a grave representing each parish (geographic boundaries of Roman Catholic parishes used for convenience). This display will be in situ from Sat 7th to Sun 15th November inclusive and the new layout means that you can now walk amongst the crosses and read the names. There will be somebody from the committee present at all times if you wish to check a name they have a list they can refer to.

Exhibition Kilkenny Castle

Making the replica headstones

Making the replica headstones

Please come and honour the memory of all of those who served in the War. All 39 parishes that lie within Kilkenny’s borders had somebody serving in the war. Only 2 parishes (Galmoy & Lisdowney) did not have somebody from Kilkenny die in the war, howevr as those 2 parishes  spill over in to Co Laois it is quite possible that they too also lost a parishoner to the war. Of the 867 dead, 338 have no known grave and 49 were still teenagers at the time of their death.

Below Left: Sgt Richard Gleeson MM, Paulstown, Killed in Action 04/09/1918. His brother John was also killed during the war.

Below Right: Pte Paddy Dunne, Graiguenamanagh, 69896 Royal Garrison Artillery, survived the war.

Sgt Richard Gleeson                                       Sgt Paddy Dunne


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