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Chris MoylesThe County Mayo Memorial Peace Park,Castlebar

Postby martincoyle » Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:15 pm

Chris Moyles G-Grandfather James Moyles Name is etched on the Memorial Wall In Castlebar Co Mayo Ireland link

The County Mayo Memorial and Peace Park, Castlebar, Republic of Ireland

From Martin Coyle
The Mayo Memorial and Peace Park was opened by the President of

Ireland Mary Mc Alesee on October the 7th 2008.It is a Memorial to all the

Men and Women of County Mayo who have lost there life in conflict from the

last century to the present day it especially remembers Irish Army Soldiers

who have served and died in UN Operations.

It all started In 1999, Castlebar man Michael Feeney, who is now the

Chairman of the Mayo Peace Park committee, wrote a letter to the Connaught

Telegraph newspaper, He was hoping to get in touch with other people who

would be interested in developing a Mayo World War Memorial, to commemorate

all those from the County, who served and died in wars in the cause of world

peace. More than Eleven Hundred young men from Co Mayo were killed in action

in World War 1. They fought in the uniforms of America, Australia, Britain,

Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

Michael Feeney learned of his grandfather's death in the Great War

from his Mother his Grand father Patrick Feeney serving with the Ist Btn

Connaught Rangers was killed in action in France on July 22, 1915.He is

buried at the Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard Laventie, France with Two other

Soldiers from County Mayo.

Since its erection -95-more names have being sent to the memorial

from Family and Relatives worldwide and more are being received regularly if

you think your Ancestor or Relative should be added please Contact

Contact Details -

By Post- Mr Michael Feeney (Chairman MMPP). Milebush, Castlebar, County

Mayo, Ireland or Captain Donal Buckley (Irish Army Retired) Derryhick,

Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. Mr Buckley runs Military Heritage Tours

Some interesting facts about the memorial:

Ten crew members lost in the sinking of the Lusitania are on the

Memorial Wall. There grave is the Sea.

The First Priest to be killed in WW1 The Rev.William Joseph Finn hailed

from Ballyhaunis,County Mayo while himself being wounded was killed by

Shrapnel on 25th April 1915 while administering sacraments to wounded and

dying soldiers at V Beach, Gallipoli,Turkey.His grave is at V Beach Cemetery.

Two Brothers who were killed on the same day July 1st 1916 are also on the

wall, John, 32, and William Philbin, 35, of Swinford, County Mayo. John served

with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in their attack at

Beaumont Hamel and William with 24th Battalion (Tyneside Irish)

Northumberland Fusiliers at La Boisselle. Neither have a known grave.

Website of interest

Presidents Speech!

Speech by President McAleese at the official opening of Mayo Peace Park,

Castlebar, Tuesday 7th October 2008

Ambassadors, ladies and gentlemen, Dia dhíbh a chairde. Tá an áthas orm

bheith i bhur measc ar on ocáid seo. Míle bhuíochas díbh as an gcuireadh

agus an fáilte a thug sibh dom.

This is a very special occasion for the people of Mayo as we gather to

officially open this beautiful Mayo Memorial Peace Park Garden of

Remembrance. I am very grateful to Michael Feeney, the Chairman of the Mayo

Peace Park Committee and instigator of the project for the invitation to be

here. This place is a simple gesture of respect and honored memory for all

those from Mayo who gave their lives in the unselfish service of others.

Some gave service in the uniform of the Irish Army on service with the

United Nations, while others wore the uniforms of other armies, the British

Army, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and indeed many others if

we cast our minds back over the centuries of our complex history. Some of

those who died were destined to be well-remembered. Others, particularly the

fifty thousand or more who died in the Great War, were destined to have

their memories consigned to shoe-boxes in attics until recent years, when a

great longing for reconciliation allowed us to remember differently.

The opening of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines in Belgium over

a decade ago showcased this new mood and the opening of the Mayo Peace Park

Garden of Remembrance consolidates it, ensuring that we will continue to

remember differently, and in remembering all that appalling sacrifice,

dedicate ourselves anew to building peace and closing the door forever on

conflict. This year we celebrate fifty years of Irish peacekeeping with the

United Nations. The people of Ireland have taken enormous pride in the

professional, tactful and compassionate way our defence forces provided

protection and care of very troubled communities in conflict situations

across the world. They have brought hope and dignity to so many anxious and

endangered people and they have brought huge credit and international

respect to their homeland. This small island with its embedded tradition of

military neutrality has never shirked its responsibilities in the cause of

world peace, and Mayo's sons and daughters have made and continue to make

their distinctive contribution. Our first President Douglas Hyde kept the

memory of the famous Mayo poet Anthony Raftery alive when he gathered in his

words from the oral tradition and collected them in writing for future

generations. In his best known poem he wrote in rapturous terms about his

Mayo home in words that could have been written of this day and this place:

"And if I were standing in the midst of my people, Age would leave me and

I'd be young once more' Almost all of those we commemorate here died young.

They died wishing they could be back among their people. Here we bring their

memories back among their people and they are indeed young once more. We are

a very fortunate generation that we can gather in commemoration of all those

Irish men and women who gave their lives - whether it was for Irish freedom

in successive uprisings over centuries of resistance to colonisation or

whether it was in the many European uniforms in which the scattered Irish

served for causes they felt passionate about, sometimes conflicting causes,

whether it was in British, American, Australian, Canadian or New Zealand

uniforms or whether in service with the UN. This is probably the first

generation to be able to reconcile and revere all those memories. Go raibh

maith agaibh go léir.
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