Limerick memorial to heroes of the Great War

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Sculptor John Toomey (centre) with Major Brian Duffy and Squadron Leader Frank Milligan of the Royal British Legion at the unveiling of the memorial.

A sculpture to commemorate the 35,000 men of the fifteen Irish Regiments who made the supreme sacrifice during World War 1, was unveiled at the annual service of remembrance at St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick.

The sculpture, created by Limerick born artist John Toomey, consists of two parts. The upper shows a shamrock surrounded by a traditional poppy wreath. This section has an outer bezel with the regimental badges of the fifteen Irish Regiments in order of seniority. The lower plaque is engraved both in Irish and English with the names of the various regiments.

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Mayor Stephen Keary, sculptor John Toomey, Clodagh Nash, Fierna McManus and Dean Neill Slone at the unveiling of the memorial.

A unique aspect of this sculpture is that it is totally patinated with a multitude of colours. The bottom plaque depicts the chaos of war and the artist has patinated the plaque to give the Irish perspective of ‘Through mud, through blood to Green Fields.

The dedication service was conducted by recently installed Dean of St Mary’s, the very Reverend Neill J. Sloane. In attendance were the mayors of Limerick and other numerous dignitaries representing both military and civil organisations

The main poppy wreath was laid by ‎David O’Morchoe CB CBE on behalf of The British Legion Ireland while the dedication and oration of the sculpture was given by John Toomey.