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Tuesday, 9th October 2018

Mayor asks Council to clean Drogheda's war memorial

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The memorial to the Drogheda men who died in the fighting of the two world wars.

"Drogheda’s war dead must be remembered in a special way this year, the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War."

The Mayor of Drogheda, Cllr. Frank Godfrey, has requested that Louth County Council clean the cenotaph at the bottom of Mary Street before the laying of the wreaths on Saturday, 4th November in memory of the men from Drogheda who were killed during the two world wars.

“The Drogheda Cenotaph is undoubtedly one of the finest in Ireland, crafted from Donore stone” Mayor Godfrey said.

"The soldiers from Louth and Meath who were killed during the two world wars must be remembered in a special way this year, the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.

“All will be remembered and will not be forgotten” Frank said. “In particular, Slane poet Francis Ledwidge immortalised the Great War in his works. We see the pain of death on the battlefield in ‘A soldier’s Grave’:

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Then in the lull of midnight, gentle arms

Lifted him slowly down the slopes of death

Lest he should hear again the mad alarms

Of battle, dying moans, and painful breath.


And where the earth was soft for flowers we made

A grave for him that he might better rest.

So, Spring shall come and leave it seet arrayed,

And there the lark shall turn her dewy nest. 

“Our local soldier heroes will never be forgotten, those men who made the ultimate sacrifice for world peace,” the Mayor said.

The public is invited to attend this event which includes the laying of wreaths, music, singing, multi-denominational prayers, poetry and representation by the ONE (Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen). A delegation from Northern Ireland will also attend.

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