An engraved marble Memorial Seat has been installed alongside the O.N.E. Commemoration Plaques in the tranquil setting of the Heritage Centre grounds in Carrick-on-Suir and was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Carrick Patsy Fitzgerald on the evening of Thursday, August 11.
Present at the ceremony were members of the Carrick-on-Suir Branch of O.N.E. Paddy Doyle, Chairman and John Shortiss, Treasurer who welcomed the engraved seat which they said would give people an opportunity to sit down and reflect in remembrance of the many local people who had served in wars and conflicts.
Since 1635, men and women of Carrick-on-Suir, surrounding areas and comrades throughout the country had served and many had also died in wars and conflicts ‘at home and abroad in the service of peace and the common good’. In modern times ‘they have served in UN, NATO and EU led missions to Congo, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Cyprus, Sinai, Lebanon, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor.
The marble seat installed on July 28 was constructed by O’Brien Marble & Granite in Carrick and funded by remaining monies raised from the town and surrounding areas. It is an investment dedicated to the memories of former service men and women and marks the 3rd phase of the remembrance O.N.E area in the Heritage grounds which was accessed through the Carrick-on-Suir Development Association.
The first phase of the project was a plaque mounted on the ancient stone wall in 2008 with a second one put up in 2010. On special occasions to mark events on the O.N.E. calendar, members and invited guests will be able to march along the pathway through the back gate and over the road, a short distance to St. Nicholas Church.
The members of ONE are delighted to have this dedicated memorial area and the marble bench installed and thank everyone involved most sincerely for all their input and contribution to this local remembrance project.