"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" 

Edmund Burke



 

The Mayo Peace Park was set up following a public meeting  held on Thursday the 22nd of August 2002  and  is operated by a voluntary committee, which is elected on an annual basis. It  gained charitable status under the revenue regulations in the Republic of Ireland. 

The Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance, remembers and commemorates  the Mayo military men and women who died in worldwide conflicts, on UN service and Gardai in the course of  their official duty within the state. 

The committees greatest achievement was the development of  the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance, this very special  memorial is now regarded as one of the finest  of its  type in all of Ireland, its unique design places it on par with any memorial in the world .

The committee organise's an annual Remembrance Day event , this is held at different different locations around County Mayo and it also host's  regular commemoration events at the park. 

The committee  uses  social media  to communicate  with the world. This new website is being developed to replace the previous one. This website is a work in progress and new articles, DVD's, and photographs  will be added  regularly. Members of the committee carry out extensive research on Mayo born casualties and they would welcome your personal  stories  and articles about those who  served or died. 

Friend's of the Mayo Peace Park.

We invite  you to  become a "Friend of the Mayo Peace Park" and assist with our work  by making a donation of  €50, for this contribution you will receive a personalised  membership certificate and a unique  members  jacket pin, in addition you will receive  a personal copy of the book  "Remembering Mayo's Fallen Heroes" for  as long  as our existing stocks last, the book however would  have to be collected as it is quite heavy and expensive to post. 

“Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes”

The book “Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes” is a limited edition, which was published by Michael Feeney MBE,  for the official opening of the park, the book is a must for anyone who has an interest in local or national history. The book is not readily available in the shop's. It  relates the story of all those who are commemorated in the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance,  it  is  full of interesting article’s and stories.

Copies of the book are available for sale costing €20 each plus postage and packaging. Contact Michael Feeney MBE, Milebush, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland  or directly. via our email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The President of Ireland Mary McAleese performed the official opening of the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance on Tuesday the 7th of October 2008.

Remember Them

In known and unknown graves they rest,

The young the bravest and the best,

They to loved what life could give,

And yet they died that we might live,

Twice in half a hundred years,

The price was paid in blood and tears,

Let not memory’s lamp burn low.

As generations come and go,

Sing out their Glorious Requiem,

Remember them, Remember Them

Appeal

If you have any information on a  Mayo born soldier or civilian who died as a result   the  wars, please contact us , we would be delighted to hear from you and to have his or her name recorded in the Mayo Peace Park as part our roll of honour.

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  , American / Canadian queries to Mr Pat Gorman our long time friend & committee  member in Dixon, Illinois, USA.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The Officers & Committee  elected at the AGM

 on the 18th of August 2012

 

President Dr Diarmuid Murray Knock
Vice President Mrs Mona Dempsey Kiltimagh
Chairman            Mr Michael Downes Newport
Vice Chairman    
Secretary             Mr Michael Feeney Castlebar
Assistant Ms Donna Michelle Dempsey Kiltimagh
Treasurer            Mr Stephen McLaughlin Castlebar
Assistant Treasurer Mr Fergus McEllin Manulla

PRO:  Capt Donal Buckley,  retd.

Flag Officer:  Mr Ernie Sweeney.

Committee

Francis Kerrigan, Jackie Evans, Lenore Dempsey, Ron Howko,  John Fair, John Bourke, , John Basquille, Michael Huddy, Jackie Rumley,  Bernie Rumley, PJ Moloney. Stuart Ryan, Anthony Ryan, Richard Lyons, David Jackson, Pat Conlon, Henry Moroney, Martin Coyle, Brian Smith, Anthony McDonnell, Noreen Molloy, Kevin McNally, Austin Gannon, David Hopkins, Patrick Gorman, Ethel Corduff,  Ann Cresham.

 

Book

Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes

This special 328 page book about the Mayo Peace Park and all the people commemorated,  is available for sale at  €20  per copy. plus postage.

Contact:    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Remembering

 Mayo’s Fallen Heroes

Author

Michael Feeney MBE.

 

The book “Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes” was launched by Mr Peter Oborne the very well known British & international political journalist and award-winning author in the Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar on Friday the 26th of September 2008.  The book is a remarkable chronicle of articles, facts, and stories about those who served & died in the various wars of the past century.  While this book is largely from the authors own work and research, there are many excellent contributions from noted Irish authors Kevin Myers, Myles Dungan, Mr Terry Reilly, Captain Donal Buckley and Mr Basil Burke, together with fine additional contributions from, Ethel Corduff, John Basquille, Captain V.M. McEllin, Johnny Mee and Eamon Horkan,  it contains interesting  articles and stories from family members and from the local Mayo Newspapers of the period.

The book offers an important  account of the fallen commemorated in the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance, which in the fullness of time should prove a valuable historical reference for students of local history and the people of Mayo for generations to come.

No public grant aid was received for this publication; it was been funded from the author’s own resources and from the advertising sold to defray the various costs of production and printing. He wish’s to convey his personal thanks to all those who helped out in any way, in particular to Ernie Sweeney and John Basquille for working on the advertising and to the advertisers themselves for supporting the book.   He wants to thank Mr Johnny Mee for proof reading the book and for his ongoing astute contributions and observations. It would not have been possible to print this book in the short  time frame allowed, were it not for the outstanding work and skills of   Declan Durcan and Karl Anne Wilson at Visual Impact Ltd, their courtesy and support was exceptional, no words could adequately no describe their commitment and dedication to get the job done on time and to the highest standard.

This book was writen, produced and published in Mayo, the author was given all the usual advice about going to China, to save costs, but he firmly believed we all have a duty of care to support our own Irish business, so special thanks is extended to Johnny Jordan and the staff of the Connaught Telegraph who done a magnificent job in printing the book.

The book is available for sale at  €20 per copy, plus postage & packaging, it can be obtained directly from Mr Michael Feeney MBE, Milebush, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, or by contacting the author via this website at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Your support would be  much   appreciated

 


Peter Oborne, Journalist & Author

Mr Peter Oborne, is a very highly regarded British journalist and political commentator, he was educated at Sherborne School and at the University of Cambridge. He is a regular columnist for the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph; He is a prize-winning author and is well known & recognised as a political pundit and for his superb TV documentary’s working with Francis Weaver.

In 2002, he won the “William Hill Sports Book of the Year” award for his highly regarded biography on international Cricket Star Basil D’Oliveira

His other books included

  • Basil D'Oliveira: Cricket and Conspiracy : the Untold Story. Time Warner, 2005. ISBN 978-0751534887

 

Mr Alan Robinson WW2 Veteran, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mr Peter Oborne . political journalist and  award  winning international author  who launched the  book. 

 

Comments.

In between many serious conferences and very heavy workload, I took the time off, to fly over to County Mayo in the West of Ireland, for a very moving event. I was invited over to  Castlebar to  launch a particularly important book.

It was now more than 60 years after the end of World War Two and Ireland was finally beginning to acknowledge its war dead from the World Wars, indeed  until very recently the wearing a poppy in Ireland invited open hostility. 

One of the many benefits of the peace in Northern Ireland, was a new attitude. In County Mayo, local historian Michael Feeney was the inspiration behind the development of the Mayo Peace Park, a truly magnificent memorial to commemorate the Irish fallen in all the wars of the 20th century. The names of all the local casualties are all listed on a wall.

Michael had also produced a wonderful book, “Remembering Mayo's Fallen Heroes,” to accompany the opening of the Mayo Peace Park.

In Ireland "The world war dead were never spoken about," he told me at the book launch,  he said that in his school day’s, the subject would never come up."

Michael Feeney told me that he had first called for a commemoration memorial more than twenty years before and "People had said to him : what war dead? They genuinely did not know that Irishmen had died in such large numbers, let alone their own local people".

I have since told many British MPs about the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance and they have has shown a real interest & fascination.

I feel proud to have been selected and invited to launch this particular book and to have had the opportunity to visit the magnificent Mayo Peace Park in Castlebar.

 

Peter Oborne

 26th of September 2008.

 

 

Read Ireland Book Reviews
Issue 432


Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes

compiled by Mr Michael Feeney MBE.

Large Format Trade Paperback;   300 pages    €20  plus postage & packaging .

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This wonderful book is reflective of all those commemorated in the new Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance, from World War One, Spanish Civil War, World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, and those who died with the Irish Defence Forces whilst serving on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

It is a very interesting read, full of articles, stories and facts, with serious contributions from a number of national & local authors. It has a comprehensive list of the names & details of those who died in those wars and conflicts. It is a very important historical book, for students of Local history in Ireland.

It was written & produced in county Mayo and paid  for  out  of his own resources without any grant aid.

   

 

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