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The es­ti­mated num­ber of people from County

Wick­low who died in World War I. Plans are afoot to build a me­mo­rial gar­den in their hon­our

COUNTY WICK­LOW could have a me­mo­rial gar­den for the es­ti­mated 1300 people from the county who died in World War I open by the end of the year, if plans by the Wood­en­bridge De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion come to fruition.

The com­mit­tee is well into the plan­ning stages and Chair­man Tom Cur­ran re­ported that they group have al­ready raised €12,500 and hope to se­cure fur­ther fund­ing from the LEADER pro­gramme in the com­ing months. It is es­ti­mated that it will cost be­tween €5060,000 to com­plete the project.

‘ The idea be­hind the me­mo­rial is to have a spe­cific me­mo­rial to all those lost in the first World War. There are an es­ti­mated 1,300 and we have a sep­a­rate group work­ing to iden­tify them specif­i­cally. Our aim is to have all of their names dis­played. We have a long-term lease on land in the area

to open a vis­i­tor’s park which would house the me­mo­rial,’ ex­plained Mr. Cur­ran.

‘ This me­mo­rial is of Wick­low-wide in­ter­est and we hope that other de­vel­op­ment groups will get in­volved and per­haps even do some fundrais­ing,’ he added.

The next Wood­en­bridge De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion fundraiser is a Race Night which takes place on Easter Sun­day at the Wood­en­bridge Ho­tel at 8p.m. Horses are on sale now at the venue.

Ad­mis­sion is free on the night and en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided af­ter the rac­ing. All sup­port will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

A 3-D plan of the pro­posed gar­den.

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