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Thursday 23 November 2017

War heroes honoured

St Patrick's Church in Greystones was packed to capacity last Saturday, November 8, as the local community gathered to pay tribute to the 22 local men listed on the First World War memorial tablet in the church.

With this year being the centenary of the start of The Great War, journalist Peter Murtagh traced the history of each of the 22 men and brought their stories to life.

Those in attendance saw where these men had lived, learnt about their families and how they finally met their end on the battlefield.

The evening also contained wonderful music from Cormac Breatnach, Dara McMahon, Patrick Hyland and Svetlana Rudenko along with a video montage from James Brooke Tyrrell and Wesley Evans which brought home the horrors of war.

One of the most poignant moments of the evening came when Dara McMahon sang 'I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier' after Peter Murtagh's recounting of the loss of multiple sets of brothers to war in a short space of time.

The evening closed appropriately with the hymn 'Abide with Me'.

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