President Patrick Hillery unveiled the magnificent Major John Mac Bride memorial in July 1983.
An organising committee, chaired by Mr. Owen Hughes raised funds and worked over a number of years to complete the memorial.
The sculptor Mr. Peter Grant (RIP) designed and sculptured the bust of Major John Mac Bride.
Mr. John Coffey from Coffey Monumental Works completed the limestone plinth.
Councillor Margaret Adams, chairperson of Westport Urban District Council read an address of welcome.
Mr. Sean Mac Bride SC., Nobel and Lenin Peace Prize winner, son of Major John Mac Bride thanked the committee for honouring his father.