People’s Park to get a Rising memorial

Portlaoise town is to get a memorial garden to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in the People’s Park on the Timahoe Road.

Portlaoise town is to get a memorial garden to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in the People’s Park on the Timahoe Road.

Fianna Fáil Cathaoirleach Cllr John Joe Fennelly asked that the council install a Garden of Remembrance to celebrate the 1916 rising at the March council meeting.

He was told by Director of Services Anna Marie Delaney that a monument is being planned there by a newly formed commemoration committee, of which she is a member.

“It will form part of our work. We agree that the town will have one. It will have a plinth with the proclamation, and the Irish flag. There will be seven native Irish trees planted in the town park representing the seven signatories,” she said.

“The park is being revamped at the moment,” Ms Delaney added.

“I hope that submissions from other towns will be looked at as well,” said Cllr Fennelly.