Gallipoli Remembrance – Limerick

Flowers were placed at the war memorial in Limerick by Ger Canning of Limerick to remember 2076 L/Cpl Michael Canning 7th RMF and 204 Pte Thomas Noonan of ‘B’ Comapny 13th Bn A.I.F. Both men died at Gallipoli on 9th of August 1915.

‘We will remember them’

Memorial to the Irish Infantry Regiments

                                                Memorial to the Irish Infantry Regiments

                                     National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, England

 

As part of the above memorial, it is proposed to set out a paved map of Ireland, surrounded by a grove of trees.

The paved map will be marked with the Regimental Depot of each of the Irish Infantry Regiments [ Tralee, in the case of the Munsters] . The depot locations will be illustrated by a stone plaque engraved with the Regiment’s badge or crest.

The project will cost in the region of £St 80,000 to realise and it is hoped that it can be completed by the summer of 2016.

To date, almost £St16,000 has been raised but an appeal is now being made to all the Regimental Associations and their members for contributions to the completion of this project.

The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association Committee has agreed to make a donation to the project and any member who wishes to make an individual donation should send it to our Treasurer,

Mr. Joe McNulty

1 College View Drive,

Shannon Banks,

Corbally,

Limerick.

 

 

Suvla 100 Anniversary

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the landing of the 6th & 7th Munsters at Suvla Bay on the 6th & 7th of August 1915 the President of the RMF association Mr Ollie Griffin laid a floral tribute at the War Memorial in Cork. Ollie’s father had been one of the Munsters who took part in the beach landing 100 years ago.

 

Also to mark the centenary, Ronan McGreevy of the Irish Times has been in contact to say he has edited a version of Twas Better to Die – The Irish Times and Gallipoli 1915-2015. This is now available on ebook and Kindle at 

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/100-years-ago-today-an-irish-division-lands-at-suvla-bay-1.2308074

Ronan has published many items in the Irish Times relating to the Munsters and was also present at Rue de Bois for the centenary in May of this year.

Beneath a Turkish Sky – Book Launch

A new book entitled ‘Beneath a Turkish Sky’ by Philip Lecane of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association will be launched in Dublin on June 17th . The book will be available at all good bookshops and is sure to be a great read for all of those who have an interest in the Gallipoli landings which also featured the men of the Royal Munster Fusiliers,

It was the First World War’s largest seaborne invasion and the Irish were at the forefront.  Recruited in Ireland, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were assigned to the first wave of the invasion of Gallipoli in Turkey.  Deadlocked in trench warfare on the Western Front, the British High Command hoped to knock Germany’s ally out of the war.  Using letters and photographs, this book tells the story of the ‘Dubs’ officers and men called from an idyllic posting in India to be billeted on the civilian population in England. They then set off on what was presented as a great adventure to win glory and capture Constantinople.  The book also gives the story of the Turkish defenders and the locality being invaded. Accompanied by the Royal Munster Fusiliers, packed aboard the SS River Clyde, the ‘Dubs’ landed from ships boats on the fiercely defended beach at Sedd-el-Bahr.  The song The Foggy Dew says, “It were better to die beneath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sedd-el-Bahr.” This History Press Ireland book tells the story of the forgotten Irishmen who died beneath a Turkish sky in what was Ireland’s D-Day.   

 

The book launch is open to all interested parties.

 

Book Launch Invite

 

‘Long Way to Tipperary’

The following website may be of interest to members of the RMFA. The Project is based on the Armstrong Papers and follows the lives of a single family throughout the Great War to illustrate the social, physical and emotional impact  of the conflict at an individual level. It is based on the diaries etc. of the Armstrong Family of Moyaliffe, Castle, Co. Tipperary.

This project has been created by the Special Collections Dept. of the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.

http://longwaytotipperary.ul.ie/

Gallipoli Association Centenary Ceremony at Rugby UK

On the 15th March 1915, King George V reviewed the “Incomparable” 29th Division, to which the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers belonged at Rugby, prior to its departure to Gallipoli.On the centenary of this event, the Association was represented at the commemoration by Caite Healy and Nora Smyth, who are photographed below.
Caite’s grandfather James, and his two brothers, Thomas and Richard, landed in Gallipoli in 1915. Two of the three brothers survived while Richard was killed at Gully Ravine in June, 1915.Nora had two of her grand-uncles in the First World War, Edward Gleeson who served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Francis who served with the Munsters.
It is our intention to involve as many of our overseas members as possible in such commemorations and we will include on our website notification of such events for which representatives will be sought.”

Plassey Day – 2015

The Battle of Plassey, fought by men of the East India Company under Robert Clive on 23rd June 1757, was afterwards long remembered by The Old Comrades Association. The East India Company would after many changes eventually become The Royal Munster Fusiliers. The first Annual General Meeting of The RMF OCA was held at The Pillar Hall Victoria Station, London on the 23rd June 1914 as it coincided with the anniversary of the Battle of Plassey. AGM ‘s were held on the Saturday closest to Plassey Day for the many years that the OCA was in existence.

This year the RMF Association will again remember the tradition of ‘Plassey Day’ by holding a small tour and a meal afterwards on the Saturday closest to June 23rd; June 20th. The plan is to hire a bus. At the moment there are 14 seats available but if the response is big enough this can be increased. We would go to see the grave of Lt. Gen Sir Adrian Carton De Wiart VC in Aghina, Co, Cork. Afterwards visit the site of the Old Soldiers burial plot in St. Finbarre’s Cemetery where there are some Munsters buried. A visit to Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald’s Park and then to Cork City for a meal – venue as yet undecided. The cost of the tour will depend on the response to places.

Anyone who is interested should contact the Secretary, Colette Collins at;

secretaryrmfa92@gmail.com

Closing date for those looking to attend will be May 31st.

Due to there being minimal interest in this venture it has been decided to cancel the proposed day out.