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Lord Mayor to perform rededication ceremony of Cenotaph and National Monument at Grand Parade, Cork

On Sunday, 26th April 2009 at 1.00 p.m. at a civic ceremony on the newly renovated Grand Parade and Boardwalk, The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Brian Bermingham, accompanied by representatives of Óglaigh Náisíunta na hÉireann  Teo. (ONET), theBritish Legion and members of the UN ex-servicemen will perform a rededication ceremony of the Cenotaph and National Monument.

Professor Dermot Keogh of University College Cork will be speaker of honour at the event which will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at both monuments

 Speaking in advance of the ceremony The Lord Mayor stated:  “ The issue of remembrance and accommodation between traditions has been a central focus of my term of Lord Mayor. I felt, and was encouraged by the response of the organisations who cooperated in this initiative, that the refurbishment works to the Grand Parade and South Mall afforded us a perfect opportunity to bring these important public monuments and what they represent more into the public consciousness”.

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Information on Cenotaph and National Monument

Cenotaph

This memorial was erected in 1925 to commemorate those who served in the war of 1914 – 1018, the war to end all wars.

 When the idea of a memorial was first suggested, the then Cork Corporation agreed to give permission.  The original site was to be Parnell Place but after much discussion it was agreed to erect the memorial at the western end of the South Mall adjacent to the National Monument.  The South Mall was packed for the dedication with survivors of that conflict together with the families of those who made the supreme sacrifice.  It is believed that some three and a half thousand soldiers and sailors from Cork city and county gave their lives in that conflict.

National Monument.

The National Monument was erected at the turn of the last century and replaced a previous statue of George III on horseback which had been pulled down.  The Monument represents three rebellions starting with the United Irishmen who rose in 1798 under Wolfe Tone.  This was followed by the Young Ireland rebellion of 1848 and the Penian Rising of 1867.  It is a well established landmark in the city and was the regular meeting place for many Nationalist political meetings down through the years. 

In addition to Hibernia the four corner statues are of Wolf Tone, Michael Dwyer, Peter O’Neill Crowley and Thomas Davis.

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