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Council wants the public’s view on new war memorial

The Sean O'Carroll-Patrick Tierney monument at Drogheda Road, Ardee

The Sean O'Carroll-Patrick Tierney monument at Drogheda Road, Ardee

Ardee Town Council is calling on members of the public to suggest names for Castleguard Road and a memorial art project to commemorate people from Ardee who died in World War 1 and other conflicts.

The council wants to give Castleguard Road - which connects the link road with Hale Street - an official name before the council is replaced after the local elections in May.

The council has already put out an invitation for suggestions but the only response came from the students’ council at Ardee Community School.

The council has so far suggested: Cuchulainn Road. Fisherman’s Walk, The Boreen, The Mount Road, Eamonn Kent Road, The Turfman Road, The Link Line, Johnny Callan’s Road.

Ardee town councillors came up with a list of six names at a recent town council meeting and they include Cuchulainn Road (suggested by Ardee Community School), Turfman Road, Johnny Callan Road, Fishermans Walk and it’s current name Castleguard Road.

It was also suggested that the place names be sent to An Coimisinéir Teanga, the place name commission, to review and decide on the most appropriate suggestion.

Cllr Pearse McGeough also suggested that the council consult with the historical society in Ardee.

The council is also seeking the opinion of the public on a memorial art project to commemorate the people from Ardee who fought and died in World War 1 and in other conflicts.

Cllr Padraig McKenny suggested that the council host an information night which would be open to the public so that they could come forward with any ideas.

About thirty people from the Ardee area were killed in the First World War and Cllr McKenny feels that something should be erected to their memory in this the year centenary year of the war.

Cllr McKenny also suggested that The Unreturned Army by historian Donal Hall, could be used for research on this project as it is “a great source of information”.

Mr Hall’s book is regarded as the definitive record of all the people from Louth who fought and died in the First World War and it also gives an accurate view of Irish nationalism and conflicting loyalties that prevailed at the time.

The council does not want to erect a statue or memorial that might be deemed over expensive.

Instead, they are hoping to establish a modest dignified memorial that would honour all those who lost their lives in the Great War.

 
 
 

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