Oak tree planted at memorial ceremony for those lost to COVID

Galway Daily news remembrance ceremony

A memorial native oak tree was planted at recent a ceremony of remembrance for the people who lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council Peter Keaveney planted the tree at the ceremony in Rinville Park last Sunday.

The ceremony was to memorialise all those who have been lost in the pandemic, for those who have been bereaved, and paying tribute to the people who have guided us through it.

“Today, provides an opportunity for everyone across Ireland and for all communities across County Galway to remember those we have lost,” Cllr Keaveney said.

“We remember all those who have died during the pandemic and show our solidarity and support for everyone who has been bereaved and for all those who are still grieving.”

“The number of deaths is very hard to comprehend, for behind each death is a person who was loved and has left behind friends, partners, family and loved ones.”

The ceremony included a reading by Bemadette Craughwell of her diary piece as published in the “Lockdown Diaries Galway” publication, and a recital of a poem entitled “Cocooning” written by Joan Hardiman.

The ceremony also included performances on Uilleann Pipes from Ger Fahy, renowned composer and musician, as well as an address from the Cathaoirleach.

“For the past two years we have walked a long road together,” Peter Keaveney said, adding “There have been many twists and turns along the way.”

“We know our journey is not over, the threat of COVID-19 is very much still with us. We will continue on our journey walking together in unity and solidarity and supporting each other.”