Kilkenny & the Somme – replica trench & Remembrance Ceremony

As most of you know this year is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The battle lasted 141 days and during that time 126 soldiers from Kilkenny lost their lives. Many others fought in the battle and either survived the war or lost thier lives during the two years of war still to come.


To commemorate this centenary we are displaying a life-size World War 1 trench for the period August 5th to 14th and holding a short Remembrance and Flag Raising Ceremony on Sunday August 14th at 3pm.

We are currently in the process of building the replica trench, which will have 2 dugouts, and it will be on display in the square outside Kilkenny Courthouse in Parliament St for the 10 days of Aug 5-14. The trench will be life-size and you will be able to walk through it.


Location: outside Kilkenny Courthouse, Parliament St

Replica grenades and storage box for use in display.

Our thanks go to PJ Ryan for carving replica grenades for us (from Cupressus for those interested) and to Majella Jennings for converting a wine box to a grenade box. Great job by both.

On the final day of the event, Sunday August 14th at 3pm, in conjunction with Kilkenny Local Authority we will be holding a short Remembrance and Flag-raising ceremony at the same location. Represntatives of our own Government, that of Northern Ireland, the local authority and the Countries our men served with will lay wreaths to honour their memory. All are free to attend. Please pass on word to relatives of those who died in WW1 who may wish to join us on the day.

How Can You Help?

The display will be open to the public for the hours of 10am to 6pm. During this time we need to have 2 people onsite to guide members of the public through the display (there will also be a committee member to answer questions etc). Can you give a few hours of your time for any of the days August 5th to 14th? We propose having 2 shifts 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. If so please email us at kilkennywarmemorial@gmail.com or telephone Donal at 086-3369080. If you know of anyone who might be able to help please mention it to them. Thank you!

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