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.
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.