Many members will be surprised and saddened to hear of the death last week of one of our long-standing members, Russell McMorran.
Russell had an in-depth knowledge of the history of Tralee town where he resided and of which he was immensely proud. In 2005, himself and Maurice O’Keeffe produced a beautifully illustrated “Pictorial History of Tralee” reflecting the deep interest in the history of the town by the authors.Russell also had a major interest in the “Royal Munster Fusiliers”, particularly relating to those members of the Regiment from Tralee and Kerry.When it was decided in 2016 to add two panels to the war memorial in Tralee that would contain the names of those from the town who lost their lives in the Great War in Irish, British, Canadian, Australian and United States units, Russell made a major contribution in furnishing the names of soldiers of whom the other researchers were unaware, thereby ensuring that the information on the panels was as accurate as possible.
A quiet, unassuming and self-effacing individual, he will be greatly missed by those that knew him well.
Prior to the Annual General Meeting of 2019, the Executive Committee made some changes and updates to the original constitution. To allow for these changes to take effect, the revised draft was presented in full at the Annual General Meeting of the members. These changes were proposed and accepted by the members. Presented here is a full copy of the new text.
A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Royal Munster Fusiliers monument in Charles Fort, Kinsale on Sunday July 28th @ 2pm to commemorate the history of the Regiment. All members of the RMF Association are invited to attend. This will be an opportunity for members to meet others of the association in a social setting in the beautiful Charles Fort.
A lecture given by Irish Times journalist, Ronan McGreevey on the life of Martin Doyle VC MM will take place in the library in New Ross, Co. Wexford on Tuesday May 7th. All are welcome to attend
The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association will take place @ 1200 noon on Saturday May 25th in the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow Co. Cork. All members and those with an interest in the Association, are invited to attend.
Some of the items on the Agenda will include an update to the present constitution and a proposal to increase Annual Membership fees.
Anyone who wishes to add an item to the agenda for discussion at the AGM should contact the Secretary at least 7 days before the AGM.
Members can pay their Annual membership fees at the AGM.
At a recent meeting of the Executive Committee, a motion was carried to the effect that overseas membership will now go to €25 Euro. This reflects the increased cost of posting journals and any other correspondence outside of Ireland.
Members are reminded also that membership fees are due at the end of March each year and the membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March annually.
On Saturday the 10th of November 2018, Mr Roger Wilson will give a theatrical presentation on the life and letters of his Grandfather, Lt. George Annaheim at the River house Barn in Weybridge, Surrey. Roger and his wife Claire, will both present a ‘stage version’ of the many hundreds of letters that were written by Lt George Annaheim during his time at the Front. The letters provide a fascinating sight into the daily life of the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers of which Lt. Annaheim was Transport Officer. Roger has also written a book titled ‘Anna Uncensored’ based on the letters, which has been published by Lighthouse publishing, The book which is priced at £12.99 is being made available to members of the RMFA at a discount price of £10 direct from Roger by emailing him at
Love, not War
All proceeds from the performance will go to both the Royal British Legion and The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association. The RMF Association is very much indebted to Roger for this wonderful gesture.
Today, the association had the honour of being present at Killorglin Library where one of our committee members Stephen Thompson, presented copies of his book to the Killorglin Library Archives and also to a number of people who had assisted him during his research. The book entitled ‘Killorglin’s Great War Servicemen’ took more than 7 years of work and is testament to Stephen’s hard work over that time. He was kind enough to present a copy of the book to the RMF Association for the help that he received from various members of the association. It is hoped that the book will assist those researching the first world war in Kerry, for many years to come.
The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association will take place at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow on Saturday the 19th of May at 12 noon. Everyone is invited to attend wether a member of the Association or not. New members will be welcome on the day. The Annual subscription is €20 per year.
After a number of setbacks, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Bengal Tiger journal, which was due for release in October of 2017, will now be collected from the printers this week and will hopefully be with you, our members in the next week or two. The journal is almost 70 pages so is noticeably bigger than the usual one. Hopefully the content and quality of the journal will make it ‘worth waiting for’.
Journals will be posted to all paid up members of the association. Please check with the secretary if you are unsure of the status of your membership. The price of membership is €20 per year.