Sunday 21 October 2018

Footprints in the sands of time

The poster for the upcoming Armistice Day commemorations in Enniscorthy
The poster for the upcoming Armistice Day commemorations in Enniscorthy

Maria Nolan

At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society will hold a series of events to commemorate Armistice Day and remember and honour all those from Enniscorthy and Wexford who served in the Great War.

At 11 o'clock on November 11, 1918 the Armistice was signed between the Allied and German Armies at Compiegne, France officially bringing to an end WW1 hostilities on the Western Front, and every year since then commemorations have been held in many countries around the world at that time on that day.

Over 800 Wexford men were killed in the Great War, from August 1914 right up to Armistice Day itself when Nicholas Sane from Rowe Street, Wexford was killed in France.

Approximately, sixty-four Enniscorthy men lost their lives in the war to end wars and the names include Berry, Bishop, Bolger, Breen, Brien, Brooks, Brown, Byrne, Connors, Conroy, Copeland, Cosgrave, Cullen, Delaney, Devereux, Dobbs, Doyle, Dunne, Dwyer, Forrestal, Goode, Gorman, Harris, James, Jones, Jordan, Kavanagh, Kelly, Kirwan, Lacey, Loughlin, McClean, McDonald, Mahon, Mernagh, Merriman, Murphy, Nolan, Henry, Neill, O`Shea, Prendergast, Quirke, Redmond, Roche, Sinnott, Sunderland, Thorpe, Toole, Walsh and Whelan.

This year's Armistice Day ceremonies will begin with a laying of a wreath at St Mary's Church, Enniscorthy at 10.30am followed by a ceremony at Market Square to mark the 99th anniversary of the Armistice.

From 11.30am to 5pm EHRS will be hosting a Living History display at the Athenaeum, with Re-enactors, WW1 artefacts and demonstrations.

The Day of Remembrance will culminate with a special concert - March Away My Brothers - a medley of Irish soldier's stories and music by Brendan MacQuaile at 7pm at the Athenaeum.

All are welcome.

Enniscorthy Guardian