Much of the information contained on this website has been drawn from the excellent guidebook to St Cynllo's written by Rev. Brian Whatmore - this lovingly written and scholarly guide is highly recommended for those who would like to learn more about the history of this beautiful Church.
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Artists from the WildGoose Arts Group and members of the public were invited to create artworks for the exhibition - please click on an image to enlarge
Cpl Jno MacAodhagain (Jack Egan)
1894 Sligo - 1916 Delville Wood
Oil, plaster & tears on panel
Horsemen from birth, my grandfather Jo and his younger brother Jack enlisted in 1914, my grandfather promising their mother that he would look after his little brother, who hadn't been away from the family home in Galway before.
They both served at the Somme. Jack was killed at Delville Wood, Grandfather came home with a shattered arm and rib cage when the horse line he served on was shelled.
In 1918 the Black Flu epidemic reached Sligo, killing both of their parents and leaving my Grandfather the only surviving family member.
He lived with his memories until 1978.
Now I remember them.
This piece of work was inspired by Revelations 22
'The tree of life was planted on each side of the river, producing twelve kinds of fruit, a ripe fruit for each month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.'
There are 100 leaves to represent the Great War Centenary. Each leaf has been cut out from the rags I use to paint with and sown on to a discarded pillow case.
Make me an instrument of Your Peace
'Sheltering Peace Within'
40 x 64cm
oil on canvas
Nigel Robert Pugh
16" x 23"
Charcoal on paper
Between August 1914 and August 1918 Bible Society distributed more than 9 million copies of Scripture in over 80 languages to members of the Armed Forces and prisoners of war on all sides.
Every one of the 5.7 million British soldiers, sailors and airmen who joined up were given a copy of the New Testament with the rest of their kit.
Some 65 million men were mobilized across Europe during WW1. Nearly a third of them – 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed. And 7.7 million were taken as prisoners of war. That means that over half of all soldiers that went to the war were killed, wounded or captured.
Millions of those killed and wounded were found to be holding copies of the Bible, New Testament, or Gospels given by the Bible Society.
On this day of remembrance, may we never forget those who have died that we shall be free, to live our days in peace.
For those who are prepared to take the bullet.
Not thinking of themselves before others.
Even to death would they fight for the peace of those who are helpless in the face of the enemy that would enslave and murder the innocent.
And let us remember Christ who gave His life for us.
The ultimate sacrifice.
That we may have eternal life.
Who bore our sin on the cruel cross, taking the punishment that we deserved.
Who clothed us in His righteousness, removing from us our filthy rags,
He made us free forever.
With a thankful heart. I remember them this day
And give praise to God who loves us all.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him,
And by His wounds we are healed.
In 1926, the No More War Movement suggested that the British Legion imprint 'No More War' in the centre of the red poppies instead of ‘Haig Fund’ and failing this that pacifists should make their own flowers. The intention was to separate the act of Remembrance from its military culture.
In 1933 the first white poppies appeared on Armistice Day. It was not intended as an insult to those who died in the First World War - a war in which many of the white poppy supporters lost husbands, brothers, sons and lovers - but a challenge to the continuing drive to war. The following year it was adopted by the newly founded Peace Pledge Union.
This painting is dedicated to all those who have held onto peace at some cost to themselves, whether as conscientious objectors, ‘deserters’ or simply as those who have refused to hate.