This year, on 10th November – the eve of Armistice Day centenary commemorations – WB Yeats’ World War 1 poem ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ is the starting point for a programme of music, song and original arts commemorating the 22 young men of Killala who died while fighting the Great War. It takes place in Killala Community Centre at 8pm 10 November. The lives of the 22 soldiers will be at the heart of the commemorative programme, with their stories researched and brought to life, both in the context of the community and homeplace they left behind and in the context of their experiences at war.
The call is out for Killala’s community to get involved – most importantly, in discovering the stories of the WW1 fallen, performing on the night or behind the scenes. In the lead up to the commemorations, a community showcase will take place on MidWest Radio – live from Killala – exploring the lives of Killala’s 22 fallen men and the process of discovery involved in unearthing their stories. In 2016, Mr Yeats commemorated 1916, and in particular the role played by Killala’s Kathleen Lynn, and recognising the powerful legacy those commemorations had in Mayo and Killala in particular, it is hoped to deliver a similar legacy impact with this event, shining some light on Killala’s fallen young men of WW1 and their stories.
News and updates on our research will be updated here as it emerges.