A large congregation from the Cork area and further afield, led by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Mick Nugent, attended Choral Evensong in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November during which the Annual Act of Remembrance took place.
This year also, the Diocesan Centenary Memorial, entitled ‘Cork Remembers 1914 ~ 1918’ – a visual display compiled by the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, and the Dean of Cork, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne – was dedicated. Many of those who submitted photos and information about family members, who were either casualties or veterans of the First World War, were in attendance. Ms Kathleen Lynch, T.D., Minister of State, was also present. Wreaths were laid by representatives of the organisations present, and Lieutenant Colonel Sean Dunne laid a wreath on behalf of the Defence Forces.
Before dedicating the memorial, Bishop Colton said:
‘This memorial is a work in progress. People are still sending in scans of their precious photos and memorabilia. It is all about putting faces on the names that are engraved in stone and on plaques. It is about recalling their human story. We remember people from Cork, or with a Cork connection then or now, who died, as well as those who, for the rest of their lives carried the memories and scars of war, physical, mental and emotional. This is also a forward looking memoria, which reminds us that we live in a different world now; and it calls us to a new spirit of reconciliation and peace-building. For that reason, the display includes many whose connection with Cork is a contemporary connection; that, naturally, includes people who were caught up in the many sides of the conflict from many nations.