BRAVE Tarbert soldiers who died fighting for the Allies in both World Wars are commemorated for posterity on a new plaque that was unveiled in a poignant ceremony on Sunday.
Thirteen Tarbert natives perished in the dreadful conflicts, 11 on the fields of northern Europe between 1915 and 1918 and two - Maurice Langan and Edmond 'Eamon' Brandon - in the Second World War. The memorial is now believed to be the only one of its kind in the county; commemorating the war dead in their individual names.
Sunday's ceremony was the culmination of a project long in the planning by the Tarbert Historical and Heritage Society. The society has also produced a booklet telling the stories of the individual soldiers and this is now available from the Bridewell centre and Lynch's Petrol Station in Tarbert.
"We were very happy with the event, which proved quite a poignant one with so many relatives of the dead present," Pat Lynch of Tarbert Historical Society said. A nephew of one of the fallen, Michael Lynch, he spoke on Sunday alongside County Councillor Jim Finucane, a grandnephew of the same soldier. Cllr Finucane's brother Danny - himself a US Army veteran of the first Gulf War - then called the roll and wreaths were placed on the memorial by Kay Brannigan (a niece of Michael Pattwell) and Mary Sammon (a niece of Stephen Cregan).
Fr John O'Connor, whose father Maurice served with the US Army in World War 1 and survived, led the prayer service. The gathering was delighted to welcome Susan Plunkett, who travelled from the UK for the event, and is a grandniece of the first Tarbert fatality of the Great War, John Liston. Relatives of both of Tarbert's Second World War dead, Maurice Langan and Edmond Brandon, were also in attendance.
Among the other, luckier soldiers remembered, was the writer Thomas McGreevy - wounded twice at the Somme - and Thomas Mulcaire who survived both World Wars.