The Association will hold an Exhibition entitled, The Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Kerry Connection at Tralee County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th February, The exhibition will be open from 2pm on Friday until 5.30pm and again on Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm. Members of both the Great War Society and the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association will assist on both days. There will be many artefacts on display along with many photographs of the Regiment. Family research will be provided on both days and anyone with family heirlooms are asked to bring them along to the exhibition. The RMF Association would like to thank Tralee County Library for hosting this event.
The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association will take place at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow, Co. Cork on Saturday 13th of May 2017. The meeting will take place @ 12 noon and all members and non members are invited to attend. This will be the 25th AGM of the RMF Association. Membership fees (€20) can be paid to the Secretary on the day.
It is hoped at this point that all members have received their copy of the Association journal for 2016. Feedback from some of our members have been very positive and it seems that the journal has been a success as in previous years. As next year will be the 25th Anniversary of the setting up of the RMF Association it is hoped that an extended version of the journal will be produced. Members who wish to submit articles for this edition can send articles of no more than 1200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org All articles will be considered and will be subject to editing by the editing panel. This year the RMF Association has produced a number of items for sale to both members and non members. A polo shirt with the Association crest is now available for €25 plus p+p. A new Association lapel pin has also been designed and is now available at €5 per pin. To purchase a pin. please send a postal order for €5 to the Secretary along with a stamped addressed envelope. Polos can be ordered by contacting the secretary.
On Tuesday 27th of September, the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and Cork Public Museum received a large collection of artefacts from Col Mike Dudding OBE who resides in London. The collection belonged to his uncle, Company Sergeant Major and later Captain John Jordeson who served with the 2nd Battalion from 1900 until his retirement in 1922 at the time of the disestablishment of the Regiment. The collection consists of various items of silverware from the Sergeant’s Mess including some which dates back to the 104th Regiment of Foot. Parts of his uniform including his Sam Brown belt, and bearskin hackle. Various notes and diaries covering the entire war period from 1914 – 1918 describing all of the actions in which he took part including the Great Raid in which he was awarded the MC and Capt Batten Poolle earned his VC. Many photos taken in and around the trenches and various towns in which the RMF were engaged which have remained unseen until now. And also some notes relating to the Old Comrades Association to which Capt. Jordeson was Hon. Secretary from 1936 until his death in 1941. This collection will form a major part of a permanent museum which will open in Cork Public Museum in 2017. Anyone wishing to donate items relating to the Royal Munster Fusiliers museum can contact either the secretary of the Association or contact Cork Public Museum at Fitzgerald Park.
At the small gathering in the museum Col Dudding was honoured with Honorary Life Membership of the RMF Association. The award was presented to him by Ollie Griffin, President of the RMFA.
The Annual Journal for 2016 is ready to go and is at present with our printer. Journals will only be sent out to paid up members of the association. Members may check with the Secretary to check if they are up to date.
On Sat. 4th June, the RMFA and representatives of Kerry County Council will officially dedicate the memorial which was erected by Tralee Town Council near Ballymullen Barracks. The memorial is in memory of those from Tralee town who died in the First World War while serving with the RMF and other military units, including those of Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Two panels are being erected at the memorial containing the names of those who were killed.
This will be an open event and all are invited to attend the ceremony which will take place at 3.00pm.
On the 8th May on the 101st anniversary of the Last Absolution of the Munsters at Rue de Bois, the OPW and the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association unveiled at Charles Fort Kinsale, a new memorial plinth to the memory of the Munsters who had served there. Members of the association along with staff of Charles Fort, the OPW, The Great War Society, representatives from the disbanded Irish Regimental Associations and invited guests were present at the unveiling. The monument was unveiled by Ollie Griffin, President of the RMFA.
The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association will take place at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow, Co. Cork on Saturday May 14th at 11am. All members are welcome to attend. New members will also be welcome. Those who wish to submit items for inclusion on the agenda must submit those topics to the Secretary 2 weeks in advance of the meeting.
As in previous years, Mike McLoughlin of Limerick will be running a guided tour of locations of the Western Front. As usual, places will be limited and those wishing to join Mike’s tour can contact him for all of the details at the following address
Old Cratloe Road
2016 WWI Historical Tour to Flanders
Guided tour of war memorials and battlefields by a professional historian
Dates: May 8th to 12th incl.
Duration: Five days (4 nights)
Accommodation: Four nights at Messines Peace Village
Food: Breakfast each morning, packed lunch each day and three evening meals
Flights: Aer Lingus Cork/ Paris (CDG)/Cork
Bus transfers: Paris Airport/Messines/Paris Airport plus daily excursions
Cost: 610.00€pp. Deposit 200€ required by Feb 2nd
Some of the proposed sites for tour
· Kemmel Information Centre – Battle of Messines 1917 & Bayernwald German trenches
· Walking tour of Messines: Peace Park, Messines Historical Museum (Old Town Hall), St. Nicolas Church and New Zealand Memorial and cemetery
· Museum of the Battle of Fromelles & Australian Memorial Park
· Weather permitting walking tour of the Ypres Salient (specific walk to be confirmed)
· Tyne Cot British Military Cemetery
· Passchendaele Memorial Museum
· German Cemeteries: Langemarck and Vladslo
· Francis Ledwidge Memorial at Bosinghe
· Menin Gate, Ypres for Last Post ceremony
· In Flanders Museum, Ypres
If interested a copy of the tour application form can be got from
Ph. (M) 087 7594 940