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Sunday 21 July 2019

War memorial up for national award

Public votes needed to secure Irish Landscape Institute award

The Wicklow WW1 memorial in Woodenbridge
The Wicklow WW1 memorial in Woodenbridge

Deborah Coleman

The Wicklow World War I memorial park at Woodenbridge has been nominated for an Irish Landscape Institute Award and needs the people of Wicklow to cast their votes.

News of the award came in recent days and it is even more special as the landmark is the only Wicklow nomination.

The awards are designed to find the public's best loved locations around the country as designed by Irish landscape architects.

Austen Associates architects were behind the innovative design of the memorial park which features granite columns with the names of 1,000 recorded Wicklow war dead inscribed.

Its beautiful riverside location and the stunning local scenery at Woodenbridge have made it a very special place indeed within County Wicklow.

The site has a particular historical significance also as it overlooks to spot where on September 18, John Redmond delivered a 'call to arms' speech to local Irish volunteers calling on them to join the British Army and support the cause of Home Rule on the battlefields of France.

Chairperson of the community committee behind the project Billy O'Brien of the Woodenbridge Hotel said that he was delighted to see the memorial included in the nominations.

'It is a wonderful achievement that the memorial is the only Wicklow nomination and it is reflective of the dedication and support of the local community and volunteers to bring it to fruition. It would have been impossible without the support of Wicklow County Council, County Wicklow Partnership and the Department of Heritage as well as the ongoing work of the TÚS workers,' he said.

Wicklow TD Billy Timmins also welcomed the nomination and called on the people of Wicklow to show their support and cast their votes at www.irishlandscapeinstitute.com/awards

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