2016 is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the fiercest battles of the First World War.
And to mark it, the County Longford 1916 Centenary Committee will hold a special commemorative event in the new Remembrance Garden in Great Water Street at 1.15pm on July 1, the date on which the battle began.
“All lives are equal and as we remember the brave Longford men and women who took part in the Easter Rising of 1916 it is important that we also remember the many Longford men who fought and died at the Somme,” explained Mary Carleton Reynolds, County Longford Co-ordinator of Ireland 2016.
She added, “We know that thirty-one Longfordians were killed or else died of wounds received during the battle. Of course there were many other local men who took part and survived and we would like to remember them all.”
The names of the Longford dead are as follows: Robert Brunton, Lisryan; John Conduland, Drumlish; John Conway, Longford town (who served in the Australian Imperial Force); James Dempsey, Edgeworthstown; Patrick Dempsey, Edgeworthstown; David Donovan, Granard; Patrick Egan, Ballymacormack; James Gilchriest, Longford town; William Glynne/Glenn, Abbeyshrule; John Hagan, Killoe; Joseph Kane, Ardagh; Harold Kincade (Australian Imperial Force); Albert Lea, Legan; Simon MacLeod, Clondra; John Mallon, Edgeworthstown; John McHugh, Longford town; Patrick McLoughlin, Longford town;
Eugene McManus, Killoe; Robert McNally, Longford town; James Monaghan, Granard; John Mulvihill, Patrick Cassidy, Edgeworthstown; Edward Mulvihill, Moydow; William O’Brien, Longford town; Peter O’Hara, Longford town; Robert Ogle; John Rock, Longford town; Michael Smyth, Kenagh; Martin Stokes, Longford town; Richard Thompson; and Robert Wilson, Longford town.
More information is available on www.longfordatwar.ie
The Co Longford Centenary committee are calling on anyone from County Longford who had a relative that served at the Somme to contact Martin Morris Archivist at 043-3341124 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org