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Mountrath Historical Society gearing up for WW1 commemoration to honour Laois men

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This Sunday will mark 100 years since the end of World War 1.

Records show that over 200,000 Irish men fought in the four year war and around 49,000 of those were killed.

A number of those people came from Laois and a local history society is planning an event to honour those people on Sunday November 11.

Secretary of Mountrath Historical Society, Lyndsay Cuddy, explained to LaoisToday why they have decided to host this event.

She said: “We are holding a World War 1 Remembrance event on Sunday November 11 at 2.30pm at the Peace Garden in Mountrath on the Link Road.

“We will be remembering all of those who suffered during WW1 especially our 44 local men. They were from Mountrath, Raheen, Castletown, Trumera, Colt, Roskelton, Ballyfin and Lacca.

“It is an honour for the History Society to be able to erect a monument to remember WW1.

“Based in our local library, we meet once a month and while we are a small group we manage to achieve a lot, due to our huge interest in all things historical.

“We have been busy this year as we organised displays of local projects and a talk for Heritage week which was enjoyed by all who attended.

“We always receive great local support and we have just completed our calendar for 2019 – this will be our third calendar to have produced.”

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