A special ecumenical service to honour those from the Stradbally area who died in World War I will take place next week in St Patrick’s Church.
This year is the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918) or the ‘Great War’ as it became known.
Thousands of Irish men of all dominations were killed in that conflict and amongst those thousands were 30 men from Stradbally and its surrounding area. Most of them were forgotten for the brave sacrifice they made and indeed remain unknown except to their immediate families.
‘Stradbally Remembers their Fallen of the Great War’ committee intends to rectify this oversight by holding an ecumenical prayer service in St Patrick’s Church on Friday, November 21 at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.
There is not yet a definite list of all from the area who lost their lives in the First World War, there may be others. If anybody has any names of loved ones who perished in that conflict, please contact Fr Jim O’Connell on 086 8102675, Rev. Alec Purser, or James Deegan on 086 2428655.
For a list of the names of the men from the Stradbally area who died in the war, see this week’s Stradbally notes on page 28.