From the 4th to the 12th November, Adare Community Council will hold a Heritage event, centred on the Village and the First World War. This week of activity will especially commemorate the 21 young men from the local area, many of whom were only in their early twenties, who lost their lives in the carnage that took place.

From 1 pm on Saturday 4th and again from 10 am on Sunday 5th November, an exhibition will be held in the Village Hall in conjunction with the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association, the Great War Society and the D – Day Dodgers. This exhibition will consist of memorabilia, historical documentation and information, photographs, maps etc.

Researchers will also be in attendance to deal with any queries into ancestors who took part in the war.

Schools will be invited to visit the exhibition during the following week.

On their return from the war, many of the soldiers did not speak of their experiences during the conflict. This can be attributed to a number of factors, in particular to their memory of the horrors that they had seen or experienced, which nobody at home could possibly visualise or imagine.

The fact that the political landscape had changed completely from that which prevailed when they had answered the call of their political leaders to defend Belgium, in a fight for “the freedom of small nations”, also made their homecoming more difficult.

It is possible that many people may have photos, medals or other memorabilia of a relation who took part in the war, or may have photos or artefacts the origins of which are unknown to them. In such circumstances, we would ask people to bring these to the exhibition with a view to obtaining some information about them.

Such items may enable us to continue to build a history of those who went to the war from Adare and its environs, were killed, wounded or returned home.

This process has been very successful in both Tralee and Cork, and, through Liam Nolan and his contacts, we will have available the artefacts, and very importantly, the people with expertise and knowledge to make for a very informative and interesting afternoon.

A music, poetry and readings event will take place in St Nicholas’s Church of Ireland on Friday 10th November, to which all are invited.

On Sunday November12th an Ecumenical Church service will take place at 12.30 pm in St Nicholas, Church of Ireland. This will be followed by the dedication of a memorial to the deceased men. The memorial will take the form of a plaque listing the names of the dead and their military and burial details.

This plaque will be on permanent display on a cut stone obelisk in the Sensory garden planned for  the Village Park, and in keeping with its ultimate location, the information will be in  written, Braille and tactile form.

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