Straide & District War Dead Memorial Association

As the centenary of World War I approached, an organisation was established for the purposes of commemorating those who served in the various world wars. While we abhor conflict and violence, we felt a fitting memorial should be erected to honour those from the area who served in the armed forces. We wish to acknowledge their courage and bravery, their sacrifice and suffering and their desire to make the world a better place. Many fell and those who survived often lived a life of mental torture and physical deformity in what was a hostile state.

The memorial was unveiled by Former Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. before a crowd of hundreds of local people and invited guests in June 2017. Since then, this area of quiet reflection has been visited by thousands of visitors.

This project and the regular commemorations associated with it afford the opportunity for all local denominations and none to come together in shared remembrance. Links have been forged locally and also with individuals and groups in Northern Ireland. Local stonemasons and tradesmen worked on this monument while volunteers and the local R.S.S. scheme ensure that it is maintained to an excellent standard.