Wicklow war dead to be remembered
A World War I memorial park is nearing completion in Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow. Situated in a tranquil place on the bank of the Aughrim river, near the landmark Woodenbridge Hotel, it is close to the spot where John Redmond in 1914 famously called on Irishmen to join the conflict.
There will be 15 columns in the park, each representing a town in Co Wicklow, with names front and back of the men who died in the war. An unusually high number of Wicklow men, nearly 1,200, lost their lives.
Conceived and created by local people, this impressive facility will soon be open to the public and will be officially opened on September 18, a hundred years almost to the day since Redmond made his fateful speech.
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Chamber music heads to festival
Five chamber music concerts will be a key feature of the second annual Boyne Music Festival this year, which will take place between August 1 to 3. This year's festival will also include an exciting range of other activities, including two poetry events, a musical workshop for children and an art exhibit featuring leading Irish printmakers.
All events take place at Townley Hall in Drogheda. Built in 1799 by Francis Johnston, Townley Hall is one of Ireland's hidden architectural gems. Its beautiful rooms offer gorgeous acoustics, light and warmth for all festival activities.
This year's festival brings together an extraordinary roster of international and Irish artists. Performers include Rita Manning, Chris Laurence, Layla Claire, John Chest, Stephen Nicholls, Louis Stewart, Mark Lockheart, The Manning Trio and many others. These musicians have performed with major orchestras, ensembles and conductors in the most important concert halls and opera houses around the world.