were unveiled to build a Peace Park and
construct a Round Tower on Messines
Ridge, West Flanders. The aim of the
trust was to promote reconciliation
between all people from the island of
Ireland. An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern
T. D. having endorsed the construction
of the memorial, pledged a government
£150,000 to the project.
Tuesday morning 25th Nov.
both trustees and patrons travelled to
Belgium, which included both Barry Ellis
and Billy Good, to meet the Burgomeister
of West Flanders, Mr. Jean Liefooghe, at
Messines for an inter-denominational
ceremony and the “ Turning of the Sod
“ on the site for the memorial .The
construction of which was to involve
young Catholic and Protestant people
from both North and South of the Island
of Ireland. Two young men from the
Bandon area namely Andrew Burns, Bandon
and Donal Coomey, Timoleague were
involved with the project.
design of the Park and Round Tower
symbolises on site the ideas and
features representative of the entire
Island of Ireland. Four areas
characteristic of the Provinces form
part of the Park.
The Round Tower was chosen as it
pre-dates the Reformation and Political
division in Ireland. As such it
represents an Island free from modern
bias. No one political or religious
group can lay claim to it. The symbol of
ancient Ireland, Newgrange, is
replicated in the design so that the
position of the sun will shine down its
axis, and enter an opening in the Tower
at 11.00 am on 11th Nov.
which was the exact hour and date of the
Armistice in 1918.