It was the women who weeped

The Commemoration Committee intends to record Mountmellick women’s role in The First World War.

It is known that one local lady, Helen Fitzgerald Beale, was involved in organizing food parcels for prisoners of war. Others, it is believed, may have served as nurses near the war zone and at home.

Committee Chairman Ger Lynch notes: “When the dreaded telegram came it was the wives and mothers who got them--and they were left to weep and grieve, pick up the pieces, rear their children, and continue with a lonely existence.”




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