Great War con­nec­tions ex­plored

Wexford People - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

GREAT War con­nec­tions be­tween Wex­ford, Bel­gium and The Nether­lands were ex­plored re­cently when a group of 45 peo­ple from the Flan­ders Fields Mu­seum vis­ited the town and county as part of a tour of World War One memo­ri­als and sites in Ire­land.

Mem­bers of the group were in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about the Wex­ford peo­ple who fought and died on their soil a cen­tury ago.

Ex­ec­u­tive Li­brar­ian Jar­lath Glynn said the vis­i­tors wanted to find out more about Wex­ford’s most fa­mous sol­dier Ma­jor Wil­lie Red­mond who was killed in ac­tion near Loker in Bel­gium in 1917.

Among the places they vis­ited in the town was the li­brary where they viewed the Red­mond fam­ily ex­hi­bi­tion and sites associated with Ma­jor Wil­lie’s brother John Red­mond - the Red­mond Mon­u­ment and his grave in John’s Gate Street -- and Wex­ford Jail where Wil­lie Red­mond was im­pris­oned in 1888.

Later in the day, the vis­i­tors were hosted to a re­cep­tion at Clay­ton Whites’ Ho­tel by the Mayor, Cllr Jim Moore, who spoke about the links be­tween com­mu­ni­ties hun­dreds of miles apart, but united through a shared con­flict. Among those in the del­e­ga­tion were Jef Ver­schoore, the First Deputy Mayor of Ypres and Pro­vin­cial Coun­cilor of the Prov­ince of West Flan­ders, Piet Chil­lens, Di­rec­tor of the Flan­ders Fields Mu­seum and Gil­bert Ossieur, Chair­man of the Mu­seum.

Jar­lath Glynn, Jef Ver­schoore, Mayor of Wex­ford Jim Moore, Gil­bert Ossieur and Piet Chil­lens.

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