Winner of Peoples’ Choice Award, Irish Landscape Institute, 2015
We were honoured to be asked to design a Memorial Park for a beautiful woodland setting adjacent to the River Aughrim in Woodenbridge.
On the 18th September, 1914, John Redmond, the then leader of the Irish Parliamentary party called on Irish Volunteers to join the British Army and thus on to the battlefields of Europe as part of World War 1. This speech was made in the village of Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow and now 100 years later, we are most pleased to have designed the memorial park on behalf of the Woodenbridge Development Association (supported by Wicklow County Partnership) to commemorate the tragedy of lives lost as a result of this call-to -arms.
The park was officially opened in a ceremony attended by several hundred people on September the 18th 2014, by the current Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charles Flanagan TD.
The design of the park includes river protection completed with Wicklow County Council engineers and universal access in an awkward shaped space with some steep contours.
We hope that the new park can be enjoyed by the local residents and visitors, as a special place in itself by the river.
The setting is intimate and the memory of the soldiers, from all parts of Wicklow, who lost their lives in this terrible war, is now commemorated in the stone granite pillars in the park.