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Published on:13 Mar 2018

To mark the centenary year of the end of the First World War, Cavan County Museum is launching a dual walkway in its grounds to commemorate those lost in the conflict.

Over the course of the First World War between 35,000 and 49,000 Irish people died, whilst countless others were wounded. These were people from all communities within Ireland.

To mark the centenary year of the end of the First World War, Cavan County Museum is launching a dual walkway in its grounds to commemorate those lost in the conflict.

‘Road to War; Path to Reflection’ tells the story of 15 people who died as a result of their part in the First World War. The exhibition details the lives of a number of Cavan men from different religious backgrounds who died on the same day, and often in the same battle. It also tells the story of a German prisoner of war who died in nearby County Meath and a female nurse from County Roscommon.

‘Road to War; Path to Reflection’ serves as a means to reflect on the fact that the loss associated with conflict has no religious, community, or gender boundaries and reaches out to touch us all.

The end of the walk provides a space to reflect on the inevitable loss that accompanies all conflict. By journeying down this tree lined walk, visitors will arrive at the Peace Garden’s reflective space.

This quiet spot is dedicated to the inevitable loss that accompanies all conflicts.

The new installation opens on Friday, 23 March at 3pm, with Minister for Business, Research and Enterprise, Heather Humphreys joining Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Archdeacon Craig McCauley and Cllr Paddy McDonald, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, in officially opening the event.

As part of this opening ANU Productions will perform a new drama, ‘Zero Hour’, specially written for the exhibition – there will be performances on the Friday and ANU will also perform ‘Zero Hour’ a number of times throughout the day on Saturday, 24 March.

Caption: A scene from ‘Zero Hour’, the new piece by ANU, specially commissioned for the launch of Road to War – Path to Reflection at Cavan County Museum. Photo: Sheila Rooney