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On our visit to Mayo Peace Park last year we met Michael Feeney MBE, and his team.

The work undertaken by them has resulted in one of the most poignant memorials to

Ireland’s service men and women who fought in all wars since the Boer War. Their

research has taken them beyond the park, as people came  to them from all over the

county with tales of unknown or damaged graves of forgotten soldiers. One such

grave was that of Lance Corporal Vincent Livesey, of the Border  Regiment.Vincent Livesey had served with his unit during the Irish War of Independence in Co.Mayo.

Based in Castlebar, he died of scarlet fever in April 1920. He was buried in the local town 

cemetery,  his comrades paid for a headstone. There is no indication that his family back in Lancashire ever knew what happened to him except that he died  in Ireland.

Over the decades the headstone  and grave  had become weathered and badly in need of attention. In 2008, Ernie Sweeney, John Basquille and Michael Feeney took it upon

themselves to restore the grave & headstone and to locate  Vincent’s ancestors. Their research  took them to Vincent’s home town of Bamber Bridge, near Preston, in Lancashire.

In May 2009, the word went out in the Lancashire Evening Post to try and trace

Vincent’s family. Amazingly Vincent’s nephew, John Browne, saw the article and

made contact. John had a picture of Vincent hanging in his house and knew straight

away the article was about his uncle. John’s late mum Teresa was one of Vincent’s

twelve siblings who all lived in Bamber Bridge and worked in the cotton industry.

John, along with his brother Norman and two sisters, Grace Robinson and Tess

Goddard went to Castlebar to attend the rededication ceremony of Vincent’s grave.

Vincent’s family have regularly come back to Castlebar and have become good

friends with Michael, Ernie and John.

Over the years the three men have restored and rededicated twenty such graves. Forgotten soldiers of Irish, British, Americanand even Italian origin.

Michael summed up the reason why they do this; ‘no one should be  forgotten, we will remember them’.

 

Wesley Bourke

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A  complete article about the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance is featured in this issue of the magazine.  It has really some magnificent  articles, it  is a must  anyone with an interested in  Irelands military history 

 

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Irish Defence Forces veteran Jimmy

Clarke. Jimmy served in the Congo in

1961. Read his eyewitness account of

the Battle of the Tunnel.

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Prestigious Visit

Prestigious Visit

Sunday the 22nd of February 2015, will go down as a very historic day in the history of the Mayo Peace Park.  

We had  a top level visit  from the Irish Government, led  by  the Irish Prime Minister, An Taoiseach  Mr Enda Kenny,  Mrs Francis Fitzgerald, the Irish Minister for Justice, Mr Simon Coveney, the Minister for Defence and Mr Charlie Flanagan the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Fresh Floral Wreaths  were laid at the Garda Memorial by the Justice Minister and at the world war one memorial by the Ministers  for Defence and Foreign Affairs.

In what was a remarkable and  beautiful ceremony, An Taoiseach and the  three Ministers delivered excellent and very thought  provoking speech's on the value of world  peace, praising the committement and  sacrifice  of those who have served our country at home and abroad.

 

 
Events

The Mayo Peace Park will host a number of prestigious events this year,  we are starting  next Sunday .

On Saturday the 25th of April we will gather to remember Anzac Day , we have some special visitors arriving from Australia to lay wreaths. 

On Thusday the  7th of May, we will mark the 70th  anniversaryof the ending of world war two and the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania off  the Irish coast, 1,198 lives were lost, including 10 Mayo born crew members.  We are unveiling a special memorial on the day.

We will have numerous family groups , association,  historical societies and school educational tours and international choirs visiting over the spring and summer months.

On Saturday the  4th of July, American Independance Day, we are inviting anyone with an interest to join with us as we unveil a memoral seat in memory of Cpl Joseph A. Clancy from Westport , a resident of Cook, county Illinois USA  who died in an aircrash during the Vietnam War.

This will be followed by a 4th of July  American Style  Barbecue with music and song. We would love to have the US/ Irish Community join with us  for what should be a memorable evening.

 

 

 
Events Update

We hope to mark the 100th  Anniversary of Anzac Day in the Mayo Peace Park on  the  25th  of   April.

We hope to mark the 100th Anniversary of  the  ending of  World War 2.

We hope to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, on the 7th of May, an event that claimed the lives of a large number of Mayo people.

We are hosting an American Independence Day event on Saturday the 4th of July; this will be a major event.

We are unveiling a memorial seat in memory of Cpl Joseph A. Clancy  from Westport , who lived in Cook county Illinois, USA. Cpl Clancy died in an air crash during the Vietnam War.

We  are  holding an American Style Barbeque and music in Cox’s Bar, after the event.

We  have  three  German groups  visiting , in May, June & July as well as many choirs, and  other family groups.

 

 
Christmas Truce 1914

The Anniversary of Soldiers Christmas Truce of 1914, will be commemorated at 2.30pm, on Christmas Eve, in the Mayo Peace Park, Castlebar .  The programme will commence with  a novel football game  Germany v The Allied Army. Castlebar Marching Band and Piper Pat Conlon will entertain the troop's. A lovely selection of Christmas Carol's will be sung by a choir drawn from the ranks of the Men's Shed in Castlebar and St Josephs Girls Secondary School.  Everyone is invited to come along to join in the spirit of the occasion, around a specially recreated trench.