Knockagh Monument Centenary: Co Antrim War Memorial at the Special Events Center

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This is one of many commemorative events held to mark the historic anniversary of the County Antrim War Memorial.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place with elected officials and guests including the Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim and the High Sheriff.

Knockagh Ulster Unionist Councilor Andrew Wilson has requested that a letter be sent to HRH Prince William, Baron of Carrickfergus inviting him to attend.

Knockagh Monument

The monument was erected in memory of those in County Antrim whose lives were lost in the First World War and later those in the county who died in the Second World War.

The foundation stone was laid by the Countess of Antrim on 7 October 1922. Her great-grandson, the Earl of Antrim, will be invited to open an exhibition on the Knockagh Monument at Carrickfergus Town Hall where there will also be a general manager’s conference. of Ulster Architectural Heritage, Dr Paul Harron, on Henry Seaver, Architect of Monuments, to mark the historic occasion.

Antrim County Council took over responsibility for the monument in 1936 until local government reorganization in 1973 when it was transferred to Carrickfergus Borough Council, which was to meet the cost of maintaining the monument. routine with financial support from other local authorities in County Antrim.

Following local government reform in 2015, responsibility for the Knockagh Monument was transferred to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, one of four councils participating in the Joint Knockagh Monument Committee alongside Antrim and Newtownabbey, Causeway Coast and Glens and Lisburn and Castlereagh Town Councils.

Everyone is invited to contribute the sum of £2,000 a year towards the upkeep of the war memorial. Belfast City Council declined to get involved.

Work undertaken in the run up to Remembrance Day 2018 included re-cladding, graffiti removal, repointing, concrete repairs, re-rendering of inscription, restoration and patching work.

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The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross, said the monument should be “treated with the utmost respect” and he backed increased annual contributions.

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Journalist

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