A NEW sculpture to remember those who lost their lives off the coast of Kilkee has been erected in the seaside village.
The large stone rock, which bears the inscription a ‘memorial to all those lost souls off our coast’, has been placed on the West End of the popular destination, near the pier, home to the Irish Coast Guard Kilkee Unit, which merged in recent years with the Kilkee Marine Rescue Service.
Funded by Kilkee Monuments and the team behind the hugely popular Kilkee Moments book, a shared photographic collection of special moments captured down through the years in the town - long a favourite with Limerick holidaymakers - the stone is intended to be a permanent marker for those who have lost loved ones at sea through tragic accidents or otherwise.
It is intended both for locals and Limerick folk and others who travel to the picturesque seaside village during the holiday season.
“Sadly many people from Limerick have over the years lost their lives and the idea of the Kilkee Memorial Stone, is to remember those people,” said local man Manuel di Lucia, who is involved in publicising the project.
“The new memorial erected opposite the rescue service building has for the most part been sponsored thanks to funds raised through the Kilkee Moments book,” he said.
“We are now asking families if they have a loved one that they want to be remembered to contact us and we can have their name inscribed. There will be a cost of €60,” he explained.
“Numerous Limerick people have unfortunately drowned off the coast over the years and many of the bodies were never recovered,” he added.
The beautiful piece of stone, which will be carved with the various names, came from a quarry in Kilrush. To add a name to the monument, contact Manuel on 098-81197.