Leas Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Paul Taylor officiated at the opening of a WW1 exhibition in Ballymote Community Library on Wednesday.

Councillor Taylor said ‘The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day has provided us with a great opportunity to remember and acknowledge the men and women who fought and died during the Great War.  Over 35,000 Irish people died during 1914-1918 fighting in this war, over 600 from Co Sligo; 53 were from Ballymote – They will be remembered here on the Ballymote Memorial Wall at Ballymote Community Library over the coming weeks.

This exhibition is recognising those 53 men – and commemorating all the other people from Ballymote who had family who fought and died, or fought and returned, from WW1 – and displays various pieces of WW1 memorabilia.’

Councillor Taylor thanked Historian Simone Hickey and the staff of Ballymote Community Library for their work in preparing and hoisting the exhibition.