Progress on Inniskillings war memorial
DEAR SIR - I must reply to Mr Joseph Mark Wilson's letter of 2 August, because his heart seems to be in the right place, and the problem is on my desk as I write.
It has been discussed by Northern Ireland Environment Agency (Built Heritage) (NIEA), landlord of the Castle; Mrs Sarah McHugh, Memorials Officer for Fermanagh District Council; and two Trustees of the Inniskillings Museum, Richard Bennett and myself.
NIEA feels that filling in the lettering with paint would not be the best way to make the names readable, as it may not have been done originally, and might not last. We have therefore decided to attach a monochrome information panel to the wall of the Castle beside the memorial, giving the exact text of each face of the memorial, and a short description of the causes and conduct of the war, with archive photographs.
My job is to assemble all the documents needed to apply for Listed Building Consent, and find the money! I do not anticipate any difficulty with either, but it all takes time.
Mr Wilson is right to "ginger us up", but if there is further delay his target should be me, not the Council! Mrs McHugh has been unfailingly supportive over this and other matters.
If Mr Wilson will leave his contact details with the Inniskillings Museum (www.inniskillingsmuseum.com), we will be glad to invite him down when the work is finished.
Chairman of Trustees
The Inniskillings Museum
This letter appeared in Impartial Reporter 09 Aug 12