Valen­tia to host WWI com­mem­o­ra­tion

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

VALEN­TIA Is­land is pre­par­ing to host an emo­tional event to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War One.

Kerry County Coun­cil, sup­ported by the De­part­ment of Culture, Her­itage and the Gaeltacht is work­ing with opera singer and Ca­her­siveen na­tive Dr Ga­van Ring on an Ar­mistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tion on Valen­tia Is­land on Novem­ber 11 at St John the Bap­tist Church in Knight­stown.

The church is home to sev­eral memo­ri­als to Kerry Sol­diers in­volved in World War One and these in­spired

Ga­van to de­velop this com­mem­o­ra­tive event which will in­clude mu­sic writ­ten about World War One, mu­sic writ­ten in the trenches and orig­i­nal mu­sic in­spired by World War One and its Kerry story.

As part of the over­all per­for­mance, there will be pro­jec­tions of im­ages of Kerry World War One reg­i­ment mem­bers in uni­form, and other im­ages of other World War One Kerry mem­o­ra­bilia.

Kerry County Coun­cil is invit­ing sub­mis­sions of im­ages of rel­a­tives, in any reg­i­ment in­volved in World War One from Kerry, to please sub­mit a copy of the im­age by email to arts@ker­rycoco.ie by Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 24.

Where re­pro­duc­tion qual­ity al­lows, all of these im­ages will be added to the pro­jec­tions that will be shown dur­ing the per­for­mance.

The church has a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 130, ad­mis­sion is free. It is ad­vised to ar­rive early to se­cure seats for this unique event.

The per­for­mance, which will also be broad­cast by RTÉ Lyric FM, will be given by Dr Ga­van Ring and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned pi­anist Aoife O’Sul­li­van.

This event was con­sid­ered by the Coun­cil’s Strate­gic Pol­icy Com­mit­tee for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Re­cre­ation ear­lier in the year and agreed at Full Coun­cil as a fit­ting way to com­mem­o­rate World War One in Kerry.

Ca­her­siveen com­poser Ga­van Ring’sgreat grand­fa­ther WWI sol­dier James Hill

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