About 8 years ago I was asked to engrave and paint the names of the soldiers who died in the Lebanon on a memorial candle. The candle was especially made by Larry Kinsella of Moth to a Flame Candles. It was made in 4 sections to make up an entire sized candle of approx 6ft. Sadly such a large candle was needed to allow space for the names of the 47 soldierswho died while on UNIFIL duty between 1978 and 2000
I never had the opportunity to see the candle in the Cedar Room of Arbour Hill Church of the Sacred Heart (church of the Defence Forces) until today. The church always seemed to be closed until by chance when passing I noticed the gate was opened so I had to have a look inside. I was delighted to finally get to see the candle memorial in place together with other mementos of the Lebanon UNIFIL mission which include a book of photographs and details of all the soldiers. It is such a peaceful and dignified room that fittingly remembers these men and according to Betty, one of the ladies who look after this room and the church, this is a room that is often visited and very recently the church held the marriage of a son of one of the fallen men and poignantly a bouquet was placed on the open memorial book in his memory on his son’s wedding day.
I was honoured have created part of this fitting memorial and so pleased to finally see it in place.
May they Rest in Peace