Roscrea hosts historic WWI events

Members of the O.N.E and I.U.N.V.A get ready to parade from Main Street to Church Street.
Manager of Roscrea Credit Union, Brian King told the ‘Tipperary Star’ this week that the Credit Union’s involvement in organising the WWI Commemoration, bringing the Seattle Police Pipes & Drums Band to Roscrea was “one of the greatest community projects” that he or the local volunteers were ever involved in.

Manager of Roscrea Credit Union, Brian King told the ‘Tipperary Star’ this week that the Credit Union’s involvement in organising the WWI Commemoration, bringing the Seattle Police Pipes & Drums Band to Roscrea was “one of the greatest community projects” that he or the local volunteers were ever involved in.

Roscrea was “one of the greatest community projects” that he or the local volunteers were ever involved in.

“The day, which honoured and remembered all those who served in World War I, will live long in the memory of all those who were part of the occasion and will leave a lasting legacy which hopefully Roscrea will benefit from for many generations to come”. In what proved to be a day charged with emotion, all those involved can be very proud of doing something extremely positive for the town of Roscrea. On Tuesday last Roscrea showcased itself to a local, national and global audience and all who were present will have lasting memories of one of the most historic day’s that the town has ever witnessed. On departing Roscrea the Seattle Assistant Chief Of Police, Paul McDonagh, addressed the band and reflected on their 10 days in Ireland. The Assistant Chief told his troops to savour the memories. The Assistant Chief told those gathered to remember Roscrea in particular, a town where they had received their greatest welcome and hoped some day they would return.

Brian King said he was heartened by the words of the Seattle Assistant Chief of Police and humbled by the outpouring of gratitude from those that witnessed and were part of the event. He would like to give as many involved as possible a mention but would like to reserve a special word of thanks and praise for Rev. Adrian Hewson who presided over the Ecumenical Service, a service that brought tears of sorrow and tears of joy to the eyes of all those gathered. Brian said he approached Adrian only two weeks ago once the band was confirmed to help with the occasion. Since then, Adrian and his church team worked around the clock to prepare for the occasion and deserve high praise for their efforts.