Community project in Limerick explores local links to WWI

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

William Sherwood from Croagh who died on November 5 1914, probably as a result of German shelling at Zillebeke
Details of young men from Adare who died in World War 1 have been collected by members of the local community council who hope that it can be the start of a project to explore the impact of The Great War on the village and surrounding areas.

Details of young men from Adare who died in World War 1 have been collected by members of the local community council who hope that it can be the start of a project to explore the impact of The Great War on the village and surrounding areas.

Liam Nolan and Alice Giltenane have carried out research into the local men who fought in The Great War and, to date, have gathered details of 20 local men who lost their lives on the battlefields of Europe.

Now, they are hoping that local schools will get involved in the project with the aim of gathering more information about these and other local families who were affected by the war.

Mr Nolan pointed out that, while they were able to avail of various resources, such as medal records, to identify the men who died, finding information on people who survived the war was more difficult.

“We are hoping that the schools will pick up this research and carry it on,” he said.

Among the 20 local men who died in the war are brothers Robert and William Alfred from Graigue, Adare who died almost a year apart in 1916 and 1917 respectively.

William Sherwood from Croagh was another victim of that war, killed in action on November 5 1914.

The community council is exploring the possibility of erecting a memorial to the victims of the war in the village. It is also hoping to partner with three other villages in France, Italy and Germany in a project to explore the impact of the war on day-to-day life in these villages. Anyone with information can contact Liam Nolan at liamnolan50@gmail.com