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Unveiling Of World War 2 Panel At Kinsale Memorial

A roll of honour in memory of 65 Kinsale persons who died in World War 2 was unveiled and blessed recently at a well-attended ceremony on the site of the War Memorial at World’s End.

Writes Leo McMahon

Colm Gimblett, Eileen Hogan and Dermot Ryan History Society and Charles Henderson, Tidy Towns at the unveiling of World War 2 panel at Kinsale's refurbished World War Memorial. Photo: Leo McMahon

A welcome was extended by Dermot Ryan who pointed out that the project was an initiative of Kinsale and District Local History Society. It was the only body to even partially maintain the site and hold a memorial service every November to remember the almost 200 men and one woman from Kinsale who died during the Great War of 1914-1918 who were previously honoured in 1922 with a much needed memorial public water pump, erected by voluntary subscription, that sadly fell into disrepair.

For its latest additions to the memorial, the society wished to thank Cork County Council, the local churches in Kinsale and the community at large for their donations and support, Ted McNamara for donating and installing a replacement pump at the site and Charles Henderson and fellow members of Kinsale Tidy Towns who constructed a pond which captures water flowing down the rock and will eventually become a water garden feature.

Dermot acknowledged Martin Ryan of Rhino Print for the visual displays at the memorial, Daly Engineering for the roadside safety rail and Barry Ryan for the paving and general upgrading of the site. He also thanked everyone who sent information about the war dead and stressed that if there are any other names etc. to please contact the history society which will eventually update these at the site and in a written record through its journal ‘Kinsale Record’.

The panel listing the names of Kinsale people who died in World War 1, which was unveiled at the Armistice Day ceremony in November last was compiled by Karen Healy of the Office of Public Works, Charles Fort. SEE DIGITAL EDITION FOR FULL STORY

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