Timmins hopes for Wicklow War Memorial

Billy Timmins hopes to see a war memorial constructed in Woodenbridge.

A memorial site as “important as the Garden of Remembrance” should be developed in Wicklow to commemorate the county’s war dead, says TD Billy Timmins.

Timmins, a former officer in the Irish armed forces, said he hoped a memorial can be constructed at Woodenbridge before the end of the year.

“The spot is unique and it was from here that John Redmond made his famous recruitment speech encouraging participation in what was known as The Great War,” Deputy Timmins said.

He said he is working with the Woodenbridge Development Association and a County War Dead committee to progress the concept.

The proposals include a wall listing the names of Wicklow people who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict.

A commemorative stone was previously unveiled by the former Taoiseach John Bruton acknowledging Redmond’s speech.

“The site can be developed over time to acknowledge all legitimate conflicts that Wicklow people were involved in, including UN service,” Timmins said. “It can become a must visit location.”

Deputy Timmins also said he would like to see a recreation of the Christmas Eve Truce of 1914 at Woodenbridge next Christmas Eve, possibly marked by a memorial service.

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