Limerick council asked to commemorate Treaty of Askeaton

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King Francis I of France who was a party to the Treaty of Askeaton

FIANNA Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan is seeking the full support of his council colleagues to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Askeaton in June 2023.

On June 20, 1523, a treaty between representatives of the French King Francis I and James, the 10th Earl of Desmond was signed in Askeaton. The treaty stated that Desmond would make war on Henry VIII and that the French would land in Ireland.

However the treaty was not invoked and it was another era before any attempt at rebellion was made.

City and County Librarian, Damian Brady said the council recognises that public commemoration and memorials offer opportunities to honour, celebrate or remember events of significance.

“They provide an opportunity to highlight important social, cultural and economic contributions to society, to celebrate the uniqueness of the city and county of Limerick and to create a ‘sense of place’ which is identified as being of great importance to citizens and visitors.”

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He recommended that Cllr Sheahan’s proposal be forwarded to the council’s Civic Memorial and Public Art Technical Committee for consideration.