A fitting tribute

Sian
Thursday 17 Feb 2011

Keith Williams Architects reveal exclusive first images of Athlone Army Memorial


These are the first published images of a new public monument designed by Keith Williams. The idea to provide a memorial came from the elected members of the Town Council who recognised the historic significance of the army in Athlone, remembering in particular the Defence Force personnel from the 4th Western Brigade who have died in the service of peace.

Athlone has been associated with defence forces and military personnel since the first Castle was built in 1210. The town has witnessed the Siege in 1691, the opening of Custume Barracks in 1697 and the handover of both the Castle and Barracks to the Irish Free State Army in 1922.

For 800 years, the town of Athlone has enjoyed this strong association with the Defence Forces and therefore the Town Council provided the necessary funding. Keith Williams Architects has produced an original design consisting of a cenotaph and limestone plinths that render it quite unique from other monuments, and which adds a completely new dimension to the town’s streetscape.

The striking abstract monument, the first sculpture by Keith Williams, set against the backdrop of the Castle walls creates a powerful historical association and makes an important new public space which is both a contemplative and restful place. It has already become much admired by the town, the military, and most importantly by the families of the fallen.

 

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