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Poignant installation remembers the fallen of the First World War One

Thursday, 8th November, 2018 6:00pm
Poignant installation remembers the fallen of the First World War One

Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan, and the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Very Reverand Dr William Morton open ‘Fallen Leaves’ at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Poignant installation remembers the fallen of the First World War One

Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan, and the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Very Reverand Dr William Morton open ‘Fallen Leaves’ at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

A POIGNANT new Fallen Leaves art installation has opened in St Patrick’s Cathedral to mark the end of World War One.

The installation is part of the Cathedral’s commemorative programme and was supported by grant funding of €5,000 approved by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

In July 2014 and coinciding with the outbreak of World War One, a Tree of Remembrance was created, inspired by the desolation of the battlefields and intended to offer a platform for personal remembrance and reflection. Since then, visitors to the Cathedral have been invited to leave a message on a leaf shaped piece of card on or near the tree for someone who has been affected by conflict.

The Cathedral estimates that up to 220,000 ‘leaves’ have been received to date in remembrance of the Irish men and women who served in World War One.

These are mounted and displayed throughout the building, with over 36,000 ‘leaves’ now hung from the Cathedral's ceiling, to symbolise the men and women who never returned home. 

Minister Madigan said: “As we approach the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War One, I am honoured to have the opportunity to view the beautiful and very moving 'Fallen Leaves' installation in St Patrick's Cathedral. Each of these leaves represents one of the men and women from across the island of Ireland who sacrificed their lives. They never fulfilled their hope of a safe return to their loved ones from the mud and despair of the battlefields, leaving families and communities devastated by their loss. 

“I commend the Very Reverend Dr William Morton, Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, and his team for their vision and imagination in creating this vivid and thought-provoking installation. Artistic endeavours such as this have an important role in supporting people of all ages as they reflect upon the difficult and sensitive legacies surrounding Ireland's participation in  the war. 

“During the Decade of Centenaries, we have shone a light, in many cases for the first time, on the stories of these men and women from the island of Ireland.” 

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