On 8th, 9th and 10th of November 2013, the Loughrea Memorial Group in conjunction with Galway County Council will host a three day event of history, remembrance, and stories in Loughrea.
The weekend will begin in the County Council Offices in Barrack St on Friday the 8th of November at 4pm, where those with an interest in genealogy can meet consultants from The Ireland XO and East Galway Genealogy Centre. After there will be a cheese and wine get together in Loughrea Library, Church St. Representives from the National Museum and Bureau of Military History will be a hand to give advice.
Saturday 9th will be a day of history and remembrance in the Lough Rea Hotel with four speakers. Joe Loughnane will speak about “Private John Oliver: Reluctant Soldier Victim or Patriot”, while Brian Mc Gabhann will speak on “Renmore Barracks and the Connaught Rangers”. This will be followed Willie Henry’s lecture on “Galway Men in the Great War” and Billy Campbell will speak on “A Flawed Doctrine: The Descent into Stalemate on the Western Front in 1914”.
This will be followed by the unveiling of memorial plaque to Private John Oliver.
Sunday 10th will begin with a treasure hunt about town for children. A special remembrance mass at 12 midday in the Cathedral will honour the dead of all wars. After mass the annual local remembrance ceremony will take place at the memorial plaque at the County Council Offices, Barrack Street, Loughrea.
The project is intended to appeal to anyone with an interest in the forthcoming decade of commemoration 2013-2023 and to assist members of the public that may have a kindling of interest in such matters. Other project partners involved that weekend are the Loughrea Credit Union and the Loughrea BAFFLE group, and UN Veterans association.
The vent was launched recently by Cllr Liam Carroll, Mayor of the County of Galway at Galway County Council Office, Loughrea.
L- r. Colman Shaughnessy (LMG) – Marie Mannion ( Heritage Officer- Galway County Council)- Liam Carroll ( Mayor of County Galway) – Joseph Loughnane (LMG)- Councillor Michael Maher
For further details please contact one of the following committee members:
- Colman Shaughnessy: email: email@example.com
- Joe Loughnane: email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Maher: email email@example.com phone 086 8109185
- Marie Mannion: email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 091 509198
Full programme of events Loughrea Remembrance brochure 2013