The new Road to War - Path to Reflection installation was opened by Minister Heather Humphreys and Cathaoirleach Cllr Paddy McDonald on Friday, 23 March.
Those in attendance were also treated to an immersive theatre performance 'Zero Hour' by the world-renowned Anu Productions.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Humphreys praised the work of Cavan County Museum in commemorating the past with a focus on preserving and promoting peace and reconciliation.
‘Road to War; Path to Reflection’ tells the story of 15 people who died as a result of their part in the First World War. The exhibition details the lives of a number of Cavan men from different religious backgrounds who died on the same day, and often in the same battle. It also tells the story of a German prisoner of war who died in nearby County Meath and a female nurse from County Roscommon.
The installation serves as a means to reflect on the fact that the loss associated with conflict has no religious, community, or gender boundaries and reaches out to touch us all.
The end of the walk provides a space to reflect on the inevitable loss that accompanies all conflict. By journeying down this tree lined walk, visitors will arrive at the Peace Garden’s reflective space.
The exhibition is opened. Photos: Sheila Rooney.
Anu Productions perform 'Zero Hour' in the Museum's WWI Trench.
Minister Heather Humphreys addresses guests at the exhibition launch.