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RAFA members Frank Brien and Mary Hughes recently visited three places of remembrance in Co Mayo. Frank said: “Our first stop was a service at the Mayo Peace Park Garden of Remembrance. There, they were met by Mr Michael Feeney MBE, Chairman of the  Mayo Peace Park,  the Last Post and Reveille  were played followed by  the National Anthem. I laid a wreath on behalf of the Branch. It was a great joy  to visit the memorial where so  many RAF members are remembered with such respect and dignity. 
Our second stop was in Newport, at the grave of Major Falcon Hazell DSO MC DFC & Bar, a World War 1 member of the Royal Flying Corps - a real ace. I was honoured to lay a wreath at the redeveloped  and restored grave of this brave airman.
We then went on to the Alcocks & Brown memorial in Clifton. On the way home we visited Tuam and then Lavally where in 1943 a RAF Halifax crashed. Many of our members attended the rededication of the memorial on 5 August 2007.
What a great honour it was to be able, on behalf of RAFA, to visit these memorials and honour these men. Most importantly, we hadgreat weather!
PER ARDUA! “ Frank Brien.
Our Branch has had another busy and successful year. Please be assured that the Branch values your membership and appreciates your generosity, support and loyalty. Very many thanks to you all for your support in these difficult economic times.
Our Association is first and foremost a charity and our primary duty is the care and welfare of our comrades. Our continued existence and our ability to provide welfare depend on retaining our current membership and on recruiting new members. We also remember our comrades who sadly are no longer with us.
This year we attended as many commemorative events as possible. We also enjoyed some outstanding and enjoyable social gatherings and outings. We have made some good friends and created a positive image to the media, other veterans’ organisations and the general public. We look forward to more of the same in 2015.

Last Updated (Friday, 06 February 2015 09:09)

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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.



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.