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Plan to erect war memorial to the World War One dead

Cllr Mark Dearey has welcomed the decision by Dundalk Town Council to approve an all party motion to erect a memorial to the Dundalk dead of World War One.

“I hope to see the speedy establishment of a small working group to explore how best to create a fitting memorial,” Cllr Dearey said.

“It’s something that is long overdue in this town which gave up so many of its people to the Great War.

“It is surely a sign of our own ongoing development as a nation that we see it as right and fitting to commemorate the lives of those Irish people who died fighting on the British side a hundred years ago.”

At the council meeting, chairman Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle this has been, in many ways, a forgotten war, from the point of view of the thousands of Irish people who lost their lives.

He said it is very important that the council should honour these people and he hoped that the committee set up would work with local historians on the project.

Cllr Maria Doyle said she has twice visited the grave of poet Francis Ledwidge in Belgium and Cllr Sean Bellew the memorial is long overdue.

 
 
 

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