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“Limerick Honours Fallen Hero with Heartfelt Tribute”

Limerick, May 19, 1917 — In a touching display of solidarity and respect, residents of Limerick City and County gathered at the Town Hall on Saturday evening to honour the memory of Major William Redmond. Presiding over the meeting was the Mayor, Councillor S. B. Quinn, D.L., who facilitated the proceedings.

Canon J. G. Delmege, D.L., proposed a heartfelt resolution, which was unanimously adopted by those present. The resolution expressed deep sympathy for Mr J. E. Redmond, MP.., on the tragic loss of his brother, Major William Redmond, who died heroically in battle. The gathering resolved to telegraph their condolences to Mr Redmond, acknowledging the major’s gallant service and ultimate sacrifice.

The resolution read as follows: “A public meeting of the County and City residents, presided over by the Mayor, called to discuss the question of raising a suitable memorial to the dead of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, unanimously begs to offer to you their heartfelt sympathy on the sad death of your brother, the late Major William Redmond, who died gallantly fighting for his country and who has left a glorious record behind him.”

Following the proposal, the Mayor expressed his wish to be personally associated with the resolution. He remarked on the profound loss that Major Redmond’s death represented not only to his family but to all of Ireland. The Mayor emphasized that Major Redmond had made significant contributions to his country and had died heroically, leading his men in battle.

The meeting highlighted the deep respect and admiration the community holds for Major Redmond and the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Plans to raise a suitable memorial in their honour were discussed, underscoring the community’s commitment to preserving the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

Major William Redmond, remembered as a courageous leader, has left an enduring legacy that resonates deeply within the hearts of the people of Limerick. His bravery and dedication serve as an inspiring example, and the planned memorial will stand as a testament to his and his comrades’ sacrifices.

The evening concluded with a renewed sense of unity and purpose, as the community resolved to honour Major Redmond and the fallen soldiers of the Royal Munster Fusiliers in a manner befitting their heroism. The meeting was a poignant reminder of the enduring impact of their service and the collective responsibility to remember and celebrate their lives.

Freeman’s Journal – Monday 11 June 1917

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