Finneran backs proposal for veterans’ memorial in Boyle

A proposal to establish a research centre in Lough Key Forest Park to identify all those who served in military forces outside the Irish republic was endorsed this week by Deputy Michael Finneran. ‘The proposal from the Irish Veterans Group is to establish a research and exhibition centre dedicated to identifying all Irish men and women who served from 1900 to present day in forces outside though not excluding, the Irish Republic and to create a memorial to their service and sacrifice. ‘The research and exhibition centre would involve holding seminars, lectures and conferences. It would also be involved in historical research to gather and collate information and documentation. ‘The Directors of the Irish Veterans Project include Irishmen who served in Korea, Vietnam in American and Australian uniforms. Through the project they have come into contact with other Veterans who have become isolated since their return from overseas service, and in many cases have not been aware of benefits available to them, be it a small pension from their adopted country, a death grant or even a headstone on their death. They work to ensure Veterans are fully briefed on their entitlements. ‘The Memorial Project Committee and myself are in ongoing negotiations with relevant Government Departments and the County Manager of Roscommon County Council in order to further progress this project. This project is of personal interest to me in view of the fact that two of my late uncles served with the American Forces in World War II. ‘This proposed project would prove to be a great asset to the town of Boyle for in time it would become a major tourist stop for foreign visitors and the Exhibition centre could attract conferences and seminars in the future’ concluded Deputy Finneran.