Special Event In Kerry To Mark 100th Anniversary Of End Of WW1

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Gavan Ring’s great-grandfather, James Hill.

DID you have a relative involved in ‘The Great War’? Well a very special event is being held in Valentia to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice on November 11 and the Council is looking for images of  Kerry people who took part in the conflict to be part of the display on the day.

Kerry County Council, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  is working with opera singer and Cahersiveen native Dr Gavan Ring on an Armistice Day commemoration on Valentia Island on November 11 at 4pm in St. John the Baptist Church, Knightstown.

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The church is home to several memorials to Kerry Soldiers involved in World War One and inspired Gavan to develop this commemorative event which will include music written about World War One, music written in the trenches and original music inspired by World War One and its Kerry story.

As part of the overall performance, there will be projections of images of Kerry World War One regiment members in uniform, and other images of other World War One Kerry memorabilia.

Kerry County Council is inviting submissions of images of relatives, in any regiment involved in World War 1 from Kerry to please submit a copy of the image by email to arts@kerrycoco.ie by Wednesday the 24th October.

Where reproduction quality allows, these images will be added to the projections shown during the performance. The church has a seating capacity of 130, admission is free.

It is advised to arrive early to secure seats for this unique event. The performance, which will also be broadcast by RTÉ Lyric FM, will be given by Dr Gavan Ring and internationally renowned pianist Aoife O’Sullivan.

This event was considered by Kerry County Council’s Strategic Policy Committee for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Recreation earlier in the year and agreed at Full Council as a fitting event to commemorate World War One in Kerry.


  1. Mary Cotter says:

    My Uncle lance corporal Edward Paul Stack died in the Great War. I have picture and certificate of him. I can send the details.
    Regards Mary Cotter