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‘Lest we Forget’- Ballina Comrades of the Great War Commemorative Exhibition (Ballina Public Library)

Date(s): 22nd August - 13th September 2014 -  During Library Opening Hours

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In this the centenary year of the outbreak of World War 1, Ballina Public Library remembers the brave men who went off to fight and in particular the 159 men from the town who lost their lives in the Great War. We also remember those who survived, the families who were left behind and the war memorabilia that is their legacy.

As part of 2014’s National Heritage Week, Ballina Public Library will exhibit a Roll of Honour to the 159 men from Ballina who died in the Great War. These men will later this year be immortalized in granite on a monument to be unveiled on Killala Road, Ballina. Also as part of the exhibition, the library will present personal affects, helmets, bayonets, medals, widow's pennies, uniforms, letters, postcards, recruiting posters and more, kindly lent by family and private collectors.

At the beginning of WW1, Ballina had a population of just under 8,000 people. As Ireland was still part of the British Commonwealth a large number of Ballina men volunteered or were called up for active duty. The 1st war fatality from Ballina was Pte. Stephen Kennedy of 2nd Bn. Connaught Rangers. He died as a result of a training accident on 22nd August 1914 in Juvisy sur Orge and is buried in Athis Mons Communal Cemetery in France. He was one of three brothers to die in the war. To commemorate  Pte. Kennedy, his fellow comrades and their families we will launch the exhibition on the 100th anniversary of his death, August 22nd 2014 at 7.30pm.


The exhibition will be open to view during library opening hours all through National Heritage Week and until September 13th.

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