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First anniversary of Willie Redmond’s death marked
Major Willie Redmond was killed in action during the Battle of Messines Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

First anniversary of Willie Redmond’s death marked

Wexford, 8 June 1918 - The first anniversary of the death of Irish soldier and politician Major Willie Redmond, who was killed in action in Flanders, was publicly marked in Co. Wexford yesterday.

Masses for the repose of his soul – and for all Wexford men killed in the present war – were celebrated in the Assumption, Immaculate Conception, and Franciscan Churches, and a public rosary was recited at the family mausoleum in St John’s Churchyard in the evening.

The Redmond family vault was decorated by the women of the Major Redmond Memorial Committee.

The committee also published and distributed a special memorial edition of Major Redmond’s last speech in the House of Commons, which, according to Lord Charles Beresford, ‘ought to be framed and placed in every school in Ireland’.

The Freeman’s Journal, reflecting on that speech, on the tragic death of Major Redmond and on what it has referred to as the ‘intrigues and jobbery of the past 12 months by the representatives of British power in Ireland’, has said that the ‘memory of William Redmond will live to confound those who defeated his hopes’.

A memorial page from Irish Life to mark the first anniversary of the death of Willie Redmond. (Image: Irish Life, 19 July 1918. Full collection available at the National Library of Ireland)

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.