Notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused the cancellation of many planned Association events, the trustees of the Association have resolved to remain active. A recent initiative was the preparation and issue of a new newsletter, ‘The Old Tough’, in order to maintain regular communications with members.
Subject to prevailing public health guidance, the Association hopes to implement the following plans in 2021 and 2022:
– Organise/attend remembrance ceremonies for those who died and survived the Great War in particular and for their families;
– Prepare/publish for members a periodic newsletter and an annual journal relating to the history of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in particular;
– Encourage research into the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and present such research at public events;
– Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disbandment of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1922;
– Promote the development of the Association’s archive which is in the custody of the Dublin City Library and Archive.
The Association expects that it will be able to publish three editions each year of ‘The Old Tough’ newsletter and editions of its annual journal, ‘The Blue Cap’, in 2021 and 2022.
We are also hopeful of publishing a booklet on those Dublin Fusiliers and their families who are buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin. Research on this subject is ongoing.
2022 will be a significant year for the Association in that it will mark the 100th anniversary of the disbandment of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers as a regiment. The Association has pre-booked St Patrick’s Cathedral for a remembrance ceremony on 12 June 2022. It is also seeking to involve other relevant regimental associations in a programme of events around that time. The Association is also hopeful that the Dublin City Archive will mount a commemorative exhibition in 2022 using selected materials from the Association’s archive.