On 28 July 2014, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, is opening a new exhibition entitled ‘Lives Remembered’ which examines the cathedral’s connection to World War One. Among the themes that are explored are the affects of war on the cathedral’s community and the importance of St Patrick’s war monuments, not to mention the significant role it continues to play in remembering those lost to conflict. There will be audio-visual facilities via tablets positioned around the North Transcept that include a number of interviews. One tablet looks at Ireland’s memorial records which contain nearly 50,000 Irish people. There are 14 panels which focus on the concept of conflict and remembrance, with an emphasis placed on outreach and response to World War One and conflict within the cathedral walls over the centuries. They also look at the role of the Church and war and the history of remembrance at St Patrick’s.
The exhibition will be officially launched on the centenary of the declaration of war by Austria-Hungary on Serbia by Irish author, Jennifer Johnston. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the exhibtion, but for those unable to make the trip there is an online exhibition which detail some of the content on show (http://www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/Lives-Remembered.aspx).