Laois marks 100 years since World War I Armistice Day

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

World War I Armistice Day

Armistice Day commemoration in Portlaoise.

Towns around Laois are marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I next Sunday November 11.

In Portarlington an Armistice Day ecumenical service of remembrance will take place on Friday November 9 at 8pm in St Paul’s, the French Church.

Over 100 men, either from Portarlington or with a connection to the town, died in the Great War, and the service is described as an opportunity to remember them and the families they left behind.

Portlaoise will mark Armistice Day on Sunday, November 11, commemorating the local soldiers who died between 1914 and 1918.

The commemoration gets underway at 11.15am with a Service of Remembrance at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Portlaoise.

It will be followed by 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 WWI.

In Mountmellick the World War I Research & Commemoration committee has organised a fundraiser to pay outstanding costs of Mountmellick's memorial outside the library.

They will host a screening of ‘Journey’s End’ the highly rated 2018 film about World War 1, on Thursday November 8, 8pm in the Balcony Cinema. Admission €10.

Then on Friday November 9 at 10am in The Forum Hostel there will be a Coffee Morning to review Mountmellick’s part in the War.

On Sunday November 11, 4.30pm, all will meet at the WW1 memorial to celebrate the end of the Great War. All are welcome.

Finally at 7.30 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.

In Mountrath, Mountrath Historical Society is inviting all to a commemoration and unveiling of a plaque remembering 44 local 44 heroes who died, on November 11 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.