Killester Memorial Garden
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By the Killester WW1 Memorial Campaign
The Killester WW1 Memorial Campaign was founded in 2013 by local residents of the Killester Garden Village in initial efforts showcase and make awareness of the unique and interesting history of Killester.
The campaign then went on to campaigning to the save the old Legion Hall of Killester from being demolished by developers in 2014.
Today the Killester WW1 Memorial Campaign holds an annual Remembrance Ceremony in Killester in honour and in memory of the Irish soldiers, sailors and airmen who lived here in the Killester Garden Village with their families after WW1.
The Killester Garden Village is the largest military ex-servicemen housing estate in Ireland built from 1920-1923 by the Irish Soldiers and Sailors Land Trust a UK trust established by the Irish Land Act(Provisions for Soldiers and Sailors)Act of Parliament in 1919.
Our current project is to create 'The Killester Memorial Garden' as a permanent memorial garden for the benefit of all in the Killester community and wider afield as a place of reflection, reconciliation and inclusion.
The site for the Killester Memorial Garden is the green at Abbeyfield next to the old Legion Hall.
We cant do this alone and please need your support and donations!
The Killester Memorial Garden Plans.
Thanks to Damien Meade of Octagon Simulations for the designs.
What We Believe In
Honouring the sacrifice the Irish soldiers sailors and airmen made in WW1 and WW2 who lived in the Killester Garden Village with their families.
Recognising the unique history and heritage of the 'Killester Colony'.
PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
Being inclusive and respectful as the Killester Garden Village has ex-servicemen of different religions, beliefs and politics.
Killester veterans and families included both Catholics and Protestants, Nationalists and Unionists and of all walks of life, but had one thing in common all being ex-servicemen.
Supporting the community by creating the Killester Memorial Garden for as a much needed amenity for the community for both old and young.
The green space at Abbeyfield , Killester beside the old Legion Hall in the site for the Killester Memorial Garden which will be a huge benefit for the community.
We Need Everyone
JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN
If you are interested in joining the Killester WW1 Memorial Campaign, whether you be a local resident, descendent of an original ex-servicemen, local buisness, community group or sports group or a currently serving or veteran of the military, please do get in touch to join us and support the campaign.
HELP US RESEARCH
If you are interested or have some experience or expertise in researching etc
We would be happy to get your help in researching the lives and stories of the individual Killester ex-servicemen.
289 ex-servicemen houses were built consisting of Abbeyfield (for lower ranks e.g. Privates/Sailors), Middle Third (non-commissioned offciers e.g. Sergeants) and The Demsne (Offciers e.g. Captains). The Orchard and Royal British Legion Hall were added on in 1932 to the estate.
FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS
We are actively looking for help in fundraising be it expertise or experience in grants and funding from Local Authoritys, Government agencies or other associations.
We are in the process of setting up a Bank Account and Go Fune Me so please stay posted!
- Sat, 05 AugDublin05 Aug 2023, 12:00Dublin, Abbeyfield, Clontarf West, Dublin, IrelandIn August 1923 the first Irish WW1 ex-servicemen and their families moved into the new community of the Killester Garden Village. These 'Homes for Heroes' were built from 1920-1923 consisting now of 289 ex-servicemen houses for these Irish veterans and their families after the Great War.