Ballina’s fallen to be remembered in World War One memorial

More than 150 men and women who left Ballina to fight in the Great War from 1914 to 1918 are to be remembered and honoured in a new memorial at the Killala Road Green Park, Ballina.

On Wednesday night, members of Ballina Town Council approved funding of €15,000 for the €20,000 price tag for the memorial.

A local voluntary group, headed up by PJ Clarke, called the Ballina Comrades of the Great War, will see the project through to fruition.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of one of the most deadly conflicts in history, which claimed the lives of nine million combatants.

More than 1,100 men and women from Mayo died during World War One and a series of events is planned across the county throughout the year to remember the war.

Members of Ballina Town Council expressed their admiration for the Ballina Comrades of the Great War for their commitment to seeing the town’s fallen remembered and honoured in a fitting way.

Councillor Josie Egan said her own father had fought in World War One.

“These people went away from this town and they lost their lives. That shouldn’t be forgotten,” she said.

 

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