Published on 22 Dec 2016
Waterford’s 1916 Centenary memorials were unveiled today in Waterford City & Dungarvan.
Reflecting on the 2016 programme of over 80 events commemorating the 1916 Rising, Chairman of the Commemoration Committee Ger Crotty commented:
“We were particularly pleased with the input from the wider community to the Waterford Commemoration Programme and that includes schools, tidy towns groups, history groups, community groups and youth groups. There really was something for everyone in the 2016 calendar of events. Along with the dignified flag raising and civic ceremonies, projects from the artistic and Irish language communities including film, theatre, writing and music were very exciting and enhanced the contribution to cultural expression of the 2016 Commemoration in Waterford.” - Ger Crotty, Chairman of the Commemoration Committee
Ger continued by saying the Steering Committee along with Waterford City & County Council were keen that the centenary of 1916 be marked through a permanent reminder. The outcome of this vision is an architectural and artistic collaboration which has resulted in the installation of two thoughtful and distinctive memorials in both Waterford City and Dungarvan.
Each memorial is reflective of its context with a stone based memorial in Dungarvan comprising stone from the four provinces - Valentia Slate, Connacht Limestone, Mourne Granite and Wicklow Granite. The memorial is situated in the Park at the Lookout with views across Dungarvan Bay to An Rinn - home of Seán Ó’Griofain and Liam Ó’Reagáin, two Waterford men involved in the rising.
The Waterford City memorial is in front of the Bishop’s Palace on the Mall and comprises a cantilevered stainless steel structure presenting the proclamation to the observing visitor. Each memorial presents a bronze replica of the Proclamation complete with original variations in typeset. The proclamations were cast in a Foundry in Brittany in France that has produced previously commended work in Waterford such as the 3d models of the Viking Triangle and the bronze sculptures of Strongbow and Aoife. Their work also includes the bells of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Ger commended the work of Council Architect Rupert Maddock and his team who worked expeditiously in collaboration with artists Liam Rafferty and Eithne Ring on designing and procuring the memorials to mark the culmination of a truly remarkable and memorable centenary commemoration of 1916.