Thursday, 25 December 2014

Christmas Eve at Redmond Park

I click the lock shut on the park gates. It's 11.30pm Christmas Eve night and all is quiet. Just as it was a hundred years ago on the western front in the so-called Great War. In 1914 soldiers on both sides put aside their guns, left their trenches and came together to exchange Christmas greetings and gifts. Imagine such a beautiful thing happening in such a brutal war. Major Willie Redmond died in that war. On this day of birth and renewal let us remember him and all the Irish fallen of that terrible war.

A deputation from Ireland visits the grave of Major Redmond at Locre, 21 September 1917.

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