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Remaining funds needed to build memorial in honour of Kilrush men that fought in WW1

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Funds to complete a memorial in honour of the Kilrush men that fought in World War One are needed.

For the past three years, Kilrush and District Historical Society in partnership with Kilrush Tidy Towns have been fundraising to erect a memorial to those Kilrush men who fought in the First World War.

At least 476 men enlisted, the number of casualties was high, 95 died and 24 more deaths were unrecorded. They hailed from all parts of Kilrush, The Glen lost 10 men with 21 wounded. Pound St/Hector St. lost 18 men with 27 wounded, Moore St. lost 13 men with 8 wounded. Grace St. lost 10 men with 11 wounded. Burton St. lost 11 men with 9 wounded.

A spokesperson for the Kilrush and District Historical Society outlined, “The Glen, a street with 55 dwellings, provided an amazing 69 soldiers. Mothers lost sons, wives lost husbands, children lost fathers. The loss of so many young Kilrush men was devastating”.

Megan Grennan stated, “The memorial is nearing completion, but we need additional funds to bring it over the line. We are appealing to Kilrush residents and diaspora to help us erect this important and timely memorial to the men who gave their lives so that we may live in peace”.

Over €2,200 has been raised through GoFundMe with a total of €5,500 needed to complete the works.

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Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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