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Saturday 24 February 2018

Park tribute to Willie Redmond

Members of the Enniscorthy Re-enactment Historical Society at Redmond Park
Members of the Enniscorthy Re-enactment Historical Society at Redmond Park

Members of the 1916 Enniscorthy Re-enactment Historical Society paid tribute to Wexford's most famous soldier, Major Willie Redmond, with a march from the Bull Ring and a wreath-laying at Redmond Park.

Dressed in period Royal Irish Regiment uniforms, and led by member Ray Murphy bearing an RIR standard, the re-enactors honoured Major Willie and the other soldiers from Wexford who fell in World War One. At the memorial in the park, re-enactor Graham Cadogan read the emotive and stirring poem 'In Flanders Fields', by John McCrea and a brief history of Major Willie was delivered to the small crowd who turned out.

The parade reversed arms in tribute to Wexford's fallen soldiers, while a laurel and poppy wreath was laid by Bridget Murphy dressed as a nurse in period uniform.

Major Willie was killed at the Battle of Messines on June 7 1917. Almost every newspaper in Britain and Ireland, both local and national carried notice of his death.

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