Art work remembers men who never made it home from World War One

By Mary Dennehy

THE Firhouse Men’s Shed has etched into acrylic a World War 1 soldier standing in repose with downward rifle to mark the centennial of the WW1 Armistice – and the 22 men from the Tallaght area who never made it home.

The art work is currently on display in the County Library, Tallaght, which has also staged a small exhibition to mark the centenary of the end of WWI.

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Firhouse Men's Sheds with Cllrs Brian Lawlor and Charlier O'Connor at the launch of the exhibitions

The Firhouse Men’s Shed also worked in collaboration with the Rostrevor Men’s Shed in County Down, which gifted a second acrylic art piece of a WWI soldier cut in profile

Both art works, which are together called Reflections in Light, are mounted on wooden bases and lit up by white LED light.

Established in 2017, the Firhouse Men’s Shed, which has more than 60 members, is based in the Firhouse Scouts Den.

Speaking with The Echo, Ray Cleary, the vice chair of the Firhouse Men’s Shed, said that the group has a strong focus on physical activity, such as exercises, hillwalking, pitch and putt and indoor bowls.

They also engage in digital skills training.

According to Ray, each member is free to participate in his own way, even if it’s just for a chat and a cup of tea.

Recently, members of the Firhouse Men’s Shed visited The County Library in Tallaght for the launch of the exhibition, which is currently on show to the public.

For further details on the Firhouse Men’s Shed email firhousemenshed [at] gmail [dot] com

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