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Council support for peace park

A Clare Peace Park Initiative to erect a First World War memorial in honour of the Clare men who served and died in the conflict has been granted planning permission. The development, which will now proceed in partnership with the council, is on 0.1 hectares of land at Causeway Link, across the road from Glór, in Ennis and will consist of three standing stones, with inscriptions, which will be surrounded by about 100 square metres of paving with pathways in and out of the memorial site. The group’s chairperson, Dr Keir McNamara, is pleased that the initiative has been granted permission and would welcome further sponsorship to ensure the project can get off the ground as quickly as possible. “If we could get in the last bit of money we need, there’s no reason it couldn’t be completed by the end of this year. If we have a slower response to the fundraising effort, we would probably be looking at the middle of …

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Permission sought for war memorial

  AN application by Clare Peace Park Initiative for permission to erect a World War I memorial in honour of the 7,000 or so Clare men who enlisted and the estimated 700 who lost their lives, has been submitted to Clare County Council by the chairperson of the group, Dr Keir McNamara. The proposed development is on 0.1 hectares of land at Causeway Link, across the road from Glór, and the application is for the erection of three standing stones with inscriptions. The stones will be surrounded by about 100m² of paving, with pathways in and out of the memorial site. Parking is expected to be at the existing Glór car park. There will be minimal surface run-off and existing drainage and soakage incorporated should suffice, the application states. In a submission to the planning officials, Clare County Council states that it has no objection to the monument being erected. A decision is due by June 8 and the group’s …

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Honouring Clare dead of World War I

One hundred years ago today, July 28, 1914 the Austria-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia and precipitated a chain of events which saw most European nations in a state of war within a week. Over the course of the following five years war raged on fronts as close as England where some south eastern English towns and cities were bombed, to the Western Front straddling France, Holland and Belgium, the Alps, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Iraq and even naval battles off the coast of Chile. By wars end, there were 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. It is beleived that as many as 7,000 Clare men enlisted in Allied forces during World War I and as many as 700 lost their lives. As the centenary of remembrance of WW1 begins, The Clare Peace Park Initiative unveiled plans this week for a planned permanent memorial to all those who took part and lost their lives …

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