LEST WE FOR­GET

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them not the years con­demn. At the go­ing down of the sun and in the morn We will re­mem­ber them

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - with Maria Nolan

And they were re­mem­bered last Sat­ur­day at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month at Mar­ket Square, En­nis­cor­thy, when the names of 102 men fr­wom the town and district who left their homes and fam­i­lies over 100 years ago to fight in the Great War and never re­turned, were read aloud by mem­bers of En­nis­cor­thy His­tor­i­cal Re-en­act­ment So­ci­ety as part of a one-day event to com­mem­o­rate the 99th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day.

The day be­gan with the lay­ing of a wreath at the war memo­rial plaque at St Mary’s Church and a prayer for all the En­nis­cor­thy dead by Rev Ni­cola Hal­ford. This was fol­lowed by a dig­ni­fied and solemn cer­e­mony at Mar­ket Square, be­gin­ning with the read­ing by Town Man­ager Liz Hore of that beau­ti­ful and emo­tive poem ‘In Flan­ders Fields’, a lament by piper Liam Doyle, a roll call of hon­our by Maria Nolan and Gra­ham Cado­gan, a very mov­ing poem penned and re­cited by Kay Doyle for her late fa­ther Thomas Colfer and a Re­verse Arms re­spect­fully and metic­u­lously per­formed by mem­bers of En­nis­cor­thy His­tor­i­cal Re-en­act­ment So­ci­ety.

From there it was on to the Athenaeum where a Liv­ing His­tory ex­hi­bi­tion was pro­vided by EHRS, Grainne Do­ran, County Ar­chiv­ist and Lord Ed­ward’s Own and Ash­bourne Re-en­act­ment groups.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at­tracted over 300 visi­tors, with many of the fam­i­lies of those who fought and died in the Great War at­tend­ing and were de­lighted and most ap­pre­cia­tive with the op­por­tu­nity to fi­nally be able to speak proudly and openly of their fam­ily mem­ber in WW1.

It was mov­ing and ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing to hear their sto­ries. Many of the young men from the town and be­yond left for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, some were part of the 100,000 who went with Red­mond be­liev­ing that if they helped Britain to win the war for the free­dom of small na­tions then she might fi­nally agree to grant In­de­pen­dence to our own small na­tion, oth­ers went for the ad­ven­ture and ex­cite­ment and many went sim­ply to put food into the mouths of their fam­i­lies.

But for what­ever rea­son they left, they were part and par­cel of the fab­ric and the his­tory of this town and de­serve to be ac­knowl­edged and re­mem­bered. En­nis­cor­thy His­tor­i­cal Re-en­act­ment So­ci­ety were de­lighted with the re­sponse to this com­mem­o­ra­tion, the first of its kind in the town and look for­ward to build­ing a big­ger and bet­ter event for the 100th An­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day in 2018.

Events con­cluded that evening with an ex­cel­lent con­cert by Bren­dan McQuaile at the Athenaeum - March Away My Broth­ers - the story of Ir­ish sol­diers and their mu­sic in the Great War.

En­nis­cor­thy Re-en­act­ment so­ci­ety dur­ing the Ar­m­mistice Day Com­mem­o­ra­tion on Sat­ur­day.

Kay Doyle, whose late fa­ther Thomas Colfer fought in the Great War, re­cites a poem she wrote her­self for the com­mem­o­ra­tion.

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