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

Edmund Burke


The Mayo Peace Park committee was formed following a public meeting  held on Thursday the 22nd of August 2002, a voluntary committee  is now 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.  It  is a public park and  is  owned by Mayo County Council.

The committee organise's an annual Remembrance Day event, this is held at different different locations around County Mayo,  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 This new website is being developed to replace the previous outdated one one. This website is a work in progress and new articles, DVD's, and photographs will be added on a regular basis. 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


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 3rdof September 2014.


President Dr Diarmuid Murray Knock
Vice President Mrs Mona Dempsey Kiltimagh
Chairman            Mr Michael Feeney M.B.E. Castlebar
Vice Chairman Mr Ernie Sweeney Castlebar 
Secretary             Ms Donna Dempsey Kiltimagh
Research and Admin Mrs Mary Feeney-Marley Castlebar
Treasurer            Mr Stephen McLaughlin Castlebar


MrMichael Baynes


Flag Officer:                                 Mr Ernie Sweeney                               Castlebar.

General Committee

Fergus McEllin, Francis Kerrigan, Lenore Dempsey, Michael Downes, Ron Howko,Capt Donal Buckley,  John Basquille, Patrick Huddy, Jackie Rumley, David Jackson, Pat Conlon, Martin Coyle, Noreen Molloy, Kevin McNally, Austin Gannon, Patrick Gorman,  Ann Cresham, Martin Bartley, Eamon Horkan, Andrew Kirrane, Ann Cresham, Anthony Ryan, Ron Howko, Stuart Ryan.


Martin Coyle & John Basquille.


Eadhmonn Mac Subnibne


Mr Pat Gorman. 




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.

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 Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes


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. 



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.



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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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Mr Eddie Hoban R.I.P.

Mr Eddie Hoban R.I.P.

The very sad death has occurred of Mr Eddie Hoban of the Curragh, Castlebar, Eddie was a stalwart supporter of all our events at the Mayo Peace Park and was instrumental in having a  memorial erected in memory of all those  who died for Ireland.  He was a close relative of Nurse Bridget Quinn, a brave nurse who died trying to protect her patients, during a German bombing raid on London. 

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 Frances 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.



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.