Cathedral memorial to war dead

A section of John Toomey's World War One sculpture at St Mary's Cathedral.

A SCULPTURE that revisits the sacrifice made by 4,000 Limerick people in the First World War has been unveiled to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the war and the 850th birthday of St Mary’s Cathedral.

The Cathedral exhibition also includes memorabilia, medals, artefacts and objects associated with Limerick and the ‘Great War’ which will be on display until the end of the month.

Sculptor John Toomey presented two of his works to the Cathedral in the form of a ‘before and after’ representation of the horror and sacrifice of war. Added to the poignancy of the piece is the addition of soil from one of the French trenches.

The objects on display are on loan from local collectors Pat Brosnan and Pat Mulcahy.

2018 marks the 850th anniversary of the founding of the Cathedral and a major programme of events is planned, including a celebration of the various city institutions that will include sport, tourism, commerce, health and education.

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There will also be a focus each month on a figure associated with the Cathedral, as well as a project to support charities and causes in the Limerick area.