Memorial garden for Great War dead
County Wicklow could have a memorial garden for the estimated 1300 people from the county who died in World War I open by the end of the year, if plans by the Woodenbridge Development Association come to fruition.
The committee is well into the planning stages and Chairman Tom Curran reported that they group have already raised €12,500 and hope to secure further funding from the LEADER programme in the coming months. It is estimated that it will cost between €50-60,000 to complete the project.
'The idea behind the memorial is to have a specific memorial to all those lost in the first World War. There are an estimated 1,300 and we have a separate group working to identify them specifically. Our aim is to have all of their names displayed. We have a long-term lease on land in the area to open a visitor's park which would house the memorial,' explained Mr. Curran.
'This memorial is of Wicklow-wide interest and we hope that other development groups will get involved and perhaps even do some fundraising,' he added.
The next Woodenbridge Development Association fundraiser is a Race Night which takes place on Easter Sunday at the Woodenbridge Hotel at 8p.m. Horses are on sale now at the venue.
Admission is free on the night and entertainment will be provided after the racing. All support will be greatly appreciated.