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Memorial sought to honour Killester's veterans

New efforts are underway to commemorate Irish World War One soldiers in a Dublin community where hundreds of veterans made their homes.

Killester was chosen as the place to build hundreds of new homes for men who survived the horrors of the war.

Now, as part of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war, members of the community want to erect a permanent memorial in Killester to 
honour those who volunteered to fight.

Within a few years after the end of the slaughter, 247 bungalows were built in Killester under the 'Homes Fit For Heroes' scheme. Their families became part of the life and soul of the suburb.

Killester railway station was built to service the new community.

A competing private bus service was called The Contemptible. The bus service borrowed the name from The Old Contemptibles which was the proud nickname of troops who had served since the very beginning of the war.

Some Killester residents had hoped a former British Legion Hall at Middle Third Terrace, now in private ownership, 
could be purchased by the 
State to become a local amenity and museum featuring Irish involvement in the war.

The hall was sold by the British Legion in the 1980s 
but it continued to be used by local people for community purposes. Planning permission has been granted to renovate the hall and to build an adjoining building for a creche.

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The Killester War Memorial Campaign wants to proceed with proposals to erect a monument near the former hall to remember those to fought in World War One.

Campaign member Thomas Crampton said part of the site is to be given to Dublin City Council as part of the planning permission.

The council has indicated that a piece of that public land can be used to build the monument, he said.

"We would like to invite offers of assistance to build the monument. But we haven't started taking donations as yet," he said.

Mr Crampton said his grandfather John Brophy and grand-uncle Bernard Brophy served in the war. John survived but Bernard was killed. Mr Crampton's son Aaron (16) had spear-headed efforts for a memorial.

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