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World War 1 Memorial Park


" Dedicated to the memory of the fallen Heroes from County Wicklow"

It is located on the Southern bank of the Aughrim river at Woodenbridge. Woodenbridge is on the junction of the R747 and R752 roads, 3km south of Avoca, 6km east of Aughrim and 7km west of Arklow.

The memorial park was constructed by the Woodenbridge Village Development Association with the support of County Wicklow World War 1 Memorial Committee. The park was officially opened in a ceremony attended by several hundred people on September the 18th 2014, by the current Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charles Flanagan TD.

Woodenbridge was selected as the site because it was the location where on the 18th September, 1914, John Redmond, the then leader of the Irish Parliamentary party called on Irish Volunteers to join the British Army and thus on to the battlefields of Europe as part of World War 1.John Redmond was an MP from 1881 until his death in 1918. He was leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until 1918.

The memorial was constructed along the river bank in a tranquil setting. It consists of fiteen vertical granite slabs designed in three circles. The design of the park includes river protection completed with Wicklow County Council engineers and universal access in an awkward shaped space with some steep contours. The setting is intimate and the memory of the soldiers, from all parts of Wicklow, who lost their lives in this terrible war, is now commemorated in the stone granite pillars in the park.

1,192 names of people whoe were natives of Wicklow or lived in Wicklow, who died directly or indirectly as a result of World War 1 are listed on the momument. 







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