By Philip Bromwell

As the centenary of the Armistice approaches, final preparations are being made to a new art installation at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
It features 36,000 leaf-shaped messages hung from the cathedral’s ceiling, remembering the 36,000 Irish men and women who died in World War I.
The spectacular display is the culmination of a project that began in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Visitors were asked to write a message to a loved one lost in conflict and leave it at the cathedral’s Tree of Remembrance.

Since then, 220,000 leaf-shaped messages have been collected.
By chance, this figures matches the number of Irish men and women, who most historians agree, fought in World War I.
Many of the 36,000 messages that have been selected to be hung from the ceiling of the cathedral are written in memory of those killed in wars in the past, while others reflect upon modern-day conflicts.

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