Programme for the year 2017

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association                 Email address: rdfa@eircom.net
C/O. 17 Kingston Grove Website:                           www.greatwar.ie
Ballinteer Road
Dublin 16
Republic of Ireland.

 

Schedule of Activities for the Year 2017

 

April 7th Friday evening: Lecture Presented by The Military History Society of Ireland. Time : 7:30 p.m. Venue: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Title: From Messines to Malahide: Letters from Flanders of an Irish soldier to his mother. Speaker: Tom Burke.

 

April 24th afternoon: Lecture presented by Mr Patrick Lynch. Title: The history of The National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin. Time: 1:00 p.m. Venue: Dublin’s City Hall, Dublin.

 

April 25th Tuesday morning: Annual Dawn Service of Remembrance will be held at 6:30 a.m. in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Cabra, Dublin. This year the service will include a reflection on the Irish and ANZAC Divisions who took the villages of Wijtschate and Messines respectively on 7 June 1917.

 

At 7:30 p.m. an Irish / ANZAC Service of Remembrance will take place in St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin to commemorate the centenary of the joint liberation of Wijtschate and Messines by Irish and ANZAC troops on 7 June 1917.

 

May 19th Friday afternoon: Seminar titled: Messines – Did the Peace Park achieve its objectives of Irish / British reconciliation ? Venue: The Council Chamber, Dublin City Hall, Dublin. Time 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The purpose of building the Irish Peace Tower in the form of the ancient Irish round tower in Messines opened by President Mary McAleese and HM Queen Elizabeth II in November 1998 was to enhance and encourage reconciliation between the two main traditions on the island of Ireland. This seminar hopes to reflect on whether or not the objective of Messines i.e. reconciliation was achieved and what factors contributed to or hindered that reconciliation during the period 1998 to 2017. Confirmed speakers will reflect on that journey of reconciliation from their own perspective. The seminar is a joint project between Dublin City Library and Archive and The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association.

 

May 25th Thursday evening: Book launch at Hodges Figgis, 56-58 Dawson Street, Dublin. Time: 6:00 p.m. Mercier Press Cork have published Tom Burke’s book titled:

 

From Messines to Carrick Hill; Writing Home from the Great War.

 

By contextualising and expanding the content of a young Irish officer’s letters written from Loker in Flanders to his mother in Carrick Hill near Malahide in north county Dublin and setting them within the entrenched battle zone of the Wijtschate Messines Ridge, Tom’s book offers a unique insight into the trench life this young Irish man experienced, his drift into disillusionment with war and his desire to get home. Tom also presents an account of the origin, preparations and successful execution of the battle to take Wijtschate on 7 June 1917 in which the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions played a pivotal role. In conclusion Tom offers an insight into the contentious subject of WW1 remembrance in Dublin in the 1920s. The book can be obtained from all main bookshops throughout the Island of Ireland.

 

May 31st Wednesday evening: The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin. Time: 7:00 p.m. From Messines to Carrick Hill: Writing Home from The Great War. Set within the moving story of the lead up to the Battle of Wijtschate-Messines Ridge in June 1917, the letters of 2nd Lieut. Michael Wall written from Flanders to his mother in Carrick Hill will be read by actors. The readings will give a voice and bring to life this young man’s experiences and emotions expressed in his letters. It should be an emotional evening.

 

June 6th to 9th: RDFA battlefield tour of Wijtschate and Messines. Attend official centenary commemorations of the Battle of Wijtschate and Messines in the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines on 7 June. The RDFA Standard will be paraded at The Last Post Ceremony in Ypres on the evening of 6th June. Contact Mr Brian Moroney RDFA: brianamoroney@eircom.net

 

June 18th Sunday morning: Wreath laying service at the London Cenotaph organised by the Combined Irish Regiments Association, London. Meet at 10:00 a.m. King Charles Street, London, SW1. For further details please contact  Mr David Ball, Combined Irish Regiments Association at:
David.Ball@wfsenate.co.uk

 

July 8th Saturday afternoon: A State-led commemoration in conjunction with The Royal British Legion annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge. Time 12:00 mid-day for 1:00 p.m. All members and non-members of RDFA are welcome to attend.

 

July 9th Sunday morning: The National Day of Commemoration at The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Time 10:00 a.m. Please check newspapers for official details nearer the date of event.

 

August 18th or 19th : Unveiling of a memorial to the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Division at Frezenberg Ridge, Ieper. Exact date to be notified. This memorial was mainly paid for by the friends and members of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association. A group visit may be organised.

 

November 3rd Friday: Mass at City Quay Church, Dublin. To remember the fallen. Time 7:30 p.m.

 

November 5th Sunday: Ecumenical Service of Remembrance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. Time 2:30 p.m. Members may attend as part of the general public. Service attended by President Michael D Higgins.

 

December 1st Friday: The RDF Assoc., Annual Dinner. Venue: the Masonic Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Time 8:00 p.m. Booking forms to be sent to Mr Brian Moroney at 11 Ayrfield Court, Ayrfield, Dublin 13 before Friday 24th November 2017. The booking form will be posted to members.

 

Exhibitions / lectures and other events relating to WW1 and 1917.

 

Dublin City Library and Archive are presenting a series of public lectures and a very interesting travelling exhibition all relating to the First World War. The exhibition will be on display in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street (March); City Hall (April); Richmond Barracks (May). Four lectures are being offered during April, dates being; 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th of April. All lectures are in Dublin’s City Hall and are free of charge and begin at 1:10 p.m. For more information see: www.dublincity.ie The successful Dublin City Library and Archive and RDFA Somme exhibition is travelling around the Dublin city and county libraries throughout 2017. In late February 2017 it was on display at Raheny Library. In March it went to Coolock Library, both on Dublin’s north side.

 

The National Library of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin are presenting their on-going First World War exhibition titled World War Ireland: Exploring Irish Experience. Guided tours of the exhibition are offered by the library on the second Thursday of every month. To find out more, why not join The National Library of Ireland mailing list by registering at: mailinglist@nli.ie

 

The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks in Dublin continues with their Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition much of which is related to the First World War with some RDF items on display and documents contained in the museum archive.

 

The National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire is preparing a small exhibition on the First World War at sea around the Irish coast. For up to date information see www.mariner.ie