Mayor of Galway City Mike Cubbard recently unveiled a new memorial for all the people who have lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland.
The memorial plaque and newly planted native Cherry tree were unveiled at Millennium Children’s Park before the Mayor’s Awards last week.
The delicate white pink flowers of the Wild Cherry appear in Spring, and when they bloom will mark the timing of the hardest lockdowns endured in the pandemic in Ireland.
Mayor Cubbard commented said that this tree is a tribute to those lost to COVID-19 after the “devastating impact it has had in the past year.
He also praised the frontline workers who have safeguarded vulnerable people during the pandemic, and said that this was also a tribute to their efforts.
“Things might have been a lot worse, if not for the tireless work of our frontline heroes, who have worked round-the-clock to protect the most vulnerable members of our society and continue to do so with the rollout of the vaccine.”
“This tree will serve as a reminder for generations to come to reflect on the incredibly challenging period faced by the entire world and hopefully be of some comfort to those who have been affected and lost loved ones during this pandemic.”