New Association Secretary

Due to the recent resignation of Ms. Jean Prendergast as The Association Secretary, the Committee met recently to elect a replacement. A unanimous decision was taken to elect Ms. Colette Collins as a replacement. Colette has been a member of The RMFA for a number of years and has travelled on a number of occasion to both The Western Front and Gallipoli. All enquiries for membership should be sent to Colette. She can be contacted at

Main Street, Liscarroll, Co, Cork.

The Association wishes to convey our best wishes to our former Secretary Ms. Prendergast and hopes that she continues in her wonderful work as both an Archivist and Historian.


Royal Munster Fusiliers Association Exhibition - Tralee.

After much preparation and with help from our friends in The Cork branch of The Western Front Association and The Great War Society we eventually got our show on the road and headed off to Tralee on the week end of the 23rd & 24th of May. Nothing could have prepared us for the reception we received from the people who came not just from Tralee but from the four corners of The Kingdom. On Saturday alone over 900 people came to show us medals, pictures, and lots and lots of other family heirlooms. Stories were shared and everyone seemed to have got something before we closed up on Saturday evening. We would like to thank the staff of Tralee County Library who gave us everything we needed and so much more, Mr. Stephen Thompson of The Killorglin Historical Society who provided items from his own collection, and Mr. Noel Grimes of Killarney who helped to set up the show and all of those who donated pictures to The RMFA.  A mention is also due to Ms Eunice Bailey whose uncle Lt. Denis Bailey was KIA who kindly lent us items from her collection. All in all a great 2 days was had by all.



This year, the Annual General Meeting will take place a few weeks earlier than usual. This is to facilitate our busy programme of events that will take place over the course of the summer.


Date - 29 March 2023

Place - The Tudor Room, The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Co. Cork

Time - 12 noon

William Cosgrove VC

Ms. Dolores Cosgrove who is the niece of Sgt. William Cosgrove VC of 1st Battalion RMF recently laid a wreath at his grave Iin Upper Aghada on behalf of The RMFA.

Pictured with Ms. Cosgrove are other members of the Cosgrove family and also Adrian Foley and Gerry White of The RMFA

10th Irish Division at Gallipoli

Mr. Michael Lee, centre, with the President and her husband at the recent unveiling of the memorial to the 10th Irish Division at Gallipoli. Mr. Lee is a member of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association.

President McAleese’s visit to Gallipoli: On the 24th March 2010, President Mary McAleese visited Gallipoli to commemorate over 3,000 Irish soldiers who died in the British Army in WWI.

The President said she hopes a joint British-Irish commemoration to mark the Gallipoli landings will be possible on the centenary of the engagement in five years’ time.

She was speaking during a visit to a cemetery there where many Irish remains lie.

Mrs McAleese fulfilled a number of engagements including a visit to the Turkish monument, a ceremony at the memorial to British and Irish soldiers who died, and a dedication of a commemorative plinth (see photo) at another graveyard.

“Gallipoli Fallen Remembered in Limerick” article by Major Brian Duffy (Left)

(Image to Left): Major Duffy, V/President Royal British Legion, Limerick, at the Gallipoli commemoration in Limerick, April 25, 2010. NB:Image is actual size




Speaking at V beach, where many Irish perished in an abortive landing, the President said that those who fell at Gallipoli were doubly disadvantaged; they were shunned at home for having worn the British uniform and their sacrifice was forgotten because they had been associated with defeat.

This was the first official recognition by the State of Irish involvement in the Gallipoli landings.

It is estimated that over 3,000 Irish soldiers died out of a total of 44,000 on the allied side in WWI.

They died over six months in 1915 in a failed attempt by the Allies - whose key members included Britain, France and the Russian Empire - to secure the approaches to Istanbul and the Black Sea.

Some 80,000 Turkish soldiers lost their lives in the campaign.

The visit had been a long time coming for those who have been campaigning for the recognition of the role played by Irish soldiers in the British Army. RTE News

The banners of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association (carried by Mr. Neil Leinster) and Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association (carried by Mr. Seamus Green) along with the banner of the 10th Irish Division were on parade.

The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association commemoration at Limerick on April 25, 2010, in honour of the Irishmen who fell at Gallipoli.





G. Spillane (2nd. Left) T. Moloney (2nd right), D O’Carrol (right)

The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association commemoration at Limerick on April 25, 2010, in honour of the Irishmen who fell at Gallipoli

The Chairman, front, and the Secretary at the wreath laying.

Gallipoli Day, Limerick, April 25, 2023

This is the actual area where the Last General Absolution of the 2nd Battalion RMF, (as depicted in Matania’s famous painting), took place on May 8, 1915. The sign itself is only a temporary one and it is hoped that, with the help of some friends of the RMFA in France, a permanent sign can be fixed on the spot. The wall enclosed the area where the 2nd Battalion formed up for the ceremony and beyond lay the area of the ensuiing battle of Aubers Ridge.