World War I Armistice Day centenary events in Laois

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan

World War I Armistice Day

Sean Scanlon sounds the Last Post at the Portlaoise War Memorial during the Rememberance Day Ceremony in the Memorial Park, Ridge Road in 2014. Photo:Tim Keane.

Towns around Laois will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on Sunday November 11.

Portlaoise will commemorate the local soldiers who died between 1914 and 1918 with a wreath laying at the World War I memorial on Mill View.

The UN veterans group Post 27 will attend alongside clergy and public representatives. The Memorial in Millview honours 17 officers and 160 NCOs and men of the Leinster Regiment’s Fourth Battalion who perished in the 1914-18 war.

The wreath laying will be preceded by a memorial service at 11.15 am.

The Mountrath Historical Society is inviting all to a commemoration and unveiling of a plaque remembering 44 local men who died. The event takes place at 2.30pm at The Peace Garden on the Link Road. The society will also launch their 2019 calendar of pictorial memories on the day.

In Mountmellick on November 11 at 4.30pm, local people will gather at the World War I memorial at Mountmellick Library to mark the local men who died and the end of the Great War. All are welcome.

Lat that evening in Mountmellick at 7.30pm in the library, there will be a spoken word evening of remembrance for those who served and lost their lives from the area. Poetry, prose, newspaper articles and narratives about those who served will be recited. Entrance is free to this but places are limited, call into the library.

An Armistice Day ecumenical service of remembrance was held on Friday, November 9 at 8pm in St Paul’s, the French Church.