Sculpture to honour the past and present members of the emergency services unveiled in Limerick

Press Release

June 19th 2012

SCULPTURE TO HONOUR THE PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICES UNVEILED IN LIMERICK

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long has unveiled a sculpture today (Tuesday) on the banks of the River Shannon to honour the past and present members of the Limerick Emergency Services and the service they have given to the people of Limerick city and county.

The sculpture, located in the Curragour Park, Clancy’s Strand is dedicated to celebrating the unity and continuous interdependence between the people of Limerick and members of the full time and volunteer Limerick Emergency Services.

Representatives from An Garda Síochána, The Ambulance Service, Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue, the Health Service Executive, The Civil Defence, The Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance, The Order of Malta and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue joined Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long and Leas-Chathaoirleach Cllr Damien Reidy for the unveiling of the memorial. It was designed by Michelle Perera, a student of sculpture and combined media at Limerick School of Art and Design and constructed with the support of the members of Limerick Emergency Services in partnership with Limerick City Council.

“This memorial is a fitting tribute to honour the men and women who have served in the full time and volunteer emergency services throughout Limerick City and County and who gave the best years of their lives to the job,” said Mayor Long. “It will provide a place to reflect on the service given to our communities during a time of great need. It will also provide a place of remembrance for those who have fallen or perished while carrying out their duties.”

Sculptor Michelle Perera said her design was based on commemorating the service given to Limerick city and county by the Emergency Services and honouring the ideologies they strived to achieve; unity, interdependence, harmony and a strong sense of community.

“The infinity symbols work together in a manner that is reminiscent of a community, each piece providing support and further strengthening the entire sculpture,” she said. “Their role within the artwork is akin to the role played by individuals who attempt to reinforce the bonds of community and comradeship. The bell symbolises the availability of further aid during times of need and the ever present yet not always visible individuals who help support the community. The spherical shape of the sculpture and the infinity symbols also pertain to the notion of continuity and harmony,” she added.

This project has been in the pipeline since October 2009 during the Mayoralty of Cllr. Kevin Kiely. When approached by the Committee, he fully endorsed the initiative and also sponsored a perpetual trophy to aid in their fund raising efforts.

Limerick Emergency Services chairman, Garda Tony Miniter, said funding for the memorial was raised by a table quiz held by the Emergency Services Charity with the support of the Garda Sports and Social Club while the committee also received funding from local businesses. “We are indebted to those who supported our charity events and would particularly like to thank United Metals, Shannonside Galvanizing, Bob Sweeney, Hickey Memorials and Conack Construction,” Garda Miniter said. “Our efforts were also strongly supported by Limerick City Council, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick Strand Hotel, EWS and Shortt Stainless Steel and I would like to thank all for playing their part in the erection of today’s memorial.”

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Last update:19/06/2012

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