The Remembrance Sunday celebrations held in Thurles were especially noteworthy this year with the unveiling of two plaques in St Mary’s Gareden of Remembrance.
Korean Ambassador, His Excellency Hay-Yun Park was in attendance for this very special occasion which commenced with the celebration of Mass for all men and women who died in all wars and in the service of peace with the United Nations overseas, and for all deceased members of An Garda Siochana and the Order of Malta, in the Cathedral of the Assumption by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly accompanied by Rev Fr Gerard Hennessy CC. Thurles Silver Band, under the baton of Michael Loughnane, had played in the Cathedral yard prior to Mass, but on the short parade to St Mary’s it was lone piper Tadgh Ryan who led the way for the wreath laying ceremony and the unveiling of the magnificent plaques.
Special guests and dignitaries witnessed the unveiling of the Famine Memorial to all Tipperary men, women and children who died in the Great famine 1845 -1851 by Mr Martin Quinn, Tipperary Person of the Year. This memorial was designed and researched by Mr Joe Fanning retired Garda,Templemore and Mr John Wort, President of the Durlas Eile Eliogarty Memorial Committee.
The second memorial was erected by North Tipperary United Nation’s Veterans Associations Post No 18 and the first name on this memorial is that of Mr Michael Gavin Templemore R.I.P This memorial was unveiled by Mr Jim Hough I.U.N.V.A. and both are now available to see alongside all of the other memorials in St Mary’s - a unique garden of remembrance and thought to be the only one of it’s kind.
Councillor Jim Ryan who acted as MC for the occasion rightly described the occasion as a very special one and the many speakers on the day echoed his words as the ceremony progressed. The memorials were blessed by Archbishop Clifford and Rev Colebaker before the wreaths were laid and a lament was played by Tadgh Ryan and the Last POst and Reville by Charlie Parsons from Kilkenny.
The Korean National Anthem was then played and the playing of Amhran na bhFiann by the Thurles Silver Band brought the curtain down on another very successful event for the organising committee which had worked for hours to ensure that everything was in readiness for the occasion.