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In June 2002 the New Connaught Rangers Association was set up in King House in Boyle, Co Roscommon by a number of individuals with a strong interest and family links to the old regiment. The objectives of the Association were to gather material and information on the regiment and preserve it for the generations to come. This material includes papers, diaries, publications, letters, photographs and other memorabilia associated with Connaught Rangers. The Association also has a social function organising lectures and trips to bring together people with an interest in the Regiment. The nucleus of the Association is made up of persons with a keen interest in preserving, remembering and gathering information on this great regiment before they were consigned to folklore.

The Mission Statement of the Association is:             
To promote, honour, and remember, the men from Connaught, and elsewhere, who gave service in the 88th & 94th Foot and the regiment of the Connaught Rangers in Ireland, or in their areas of engagement worldwide.

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The Battle to Free Guillemont Village in Miniature.


Following on from our  successful 2015 model unveiling of Gallipoli and the V beach landings we decided for 2016 to create the 16th Irish Division attack and capture of Guillemont village during the Somme offensive.

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Remembering the Irish soldiers who freed Guillemont Village (By Ethan Beirne).


On the 3rd Sept 2016 the French Village of Guillemont remembered the freeing of its village by Irish Soldiers of the Connaught Rangers and the 16th Irish division during the Somme offensive of 1916 during ww1.german soldiers had occupied this part of France for nearly two years. Repeated attacks to free this village had failed with shocking loss of life on both sides. When it was the turn of the 16th Irish division to try and take Guillemont, they succeeded, and are forever remembered by the people of this area of France.

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Remembrance Sunday Ceremony ( Open Invitation ) – 13th November 2016 @ 2pm in King House.

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The Connaught Rangers Association will hold its annual service of remembrance in the grounds of King House, Boyle Co. Roscommon on the 13th of November 2016 @ 2pm. The format will be as in previous years, with the ceremony taking no longer than 30 minutes. People wishing to lay wreaths, please make themselves known to the committee on the day so you can be included in the wreath laying ceremony. As usual our lecture will take place afterwards in the main salon of King House. The Connaught Rangers Association wish to thank all of our members who supported us during the year for your continued goodwill towards the association. We would also like to sincerely thank Mr Tommy Egan, Manager of King House and his staff for helping to promote the Connaught Rangers collection in King House. 

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CRA – Remembrance Sunday

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Service of Remembrance in the grounds of King House in Boyle, Co Roscommon

at 2.00pm on Sunday 8th November 2015

To honour the Irish dead in all conflicts but especially the 126 men of Boyle who gave their lives in the Great War. 

After the service the renowned author Philip Lecane will give a talk on his new book "Beneath a Turkish Sun". 

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Philip will be using the diorama of the landings at V Beach in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915 as a back cloth to his talk.  This diorama constructed by the men of Boyle's Men's Shed as been on display all year in King House.  All are welcome.


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Inishowen Friends of Messines Remembrance Ceremony, Sunday June 28th Fort Dunree.

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images (1)Preparations are now well underway for the annual Inishowen Friends of Messines Remembrance Ceremony at Fort Dunree on Sunday June 28th at 2.30. This is the eleventh annual event for the men and women of Inishowen who died in World War One, organised by the Inishowen Friends of Messines.

The Inishowen Friends of Messine was specifically set up to create a space where the young people of Inishowen and who were killed in WW1 could be remembered together, regardless of their religious or political backgrounds or motivations. Its inspiration is the Island of Ireland Peace Park and Round Tower in Messines, Belgium. A Peace Garden and Memorial Wall has been built at Fort Dunree with five plaques containing the names of all those who died from Inishowen.

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Book launch of Beneath a Turkish Sky – By Philip Lecane

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Beneath a Turkish SkyIt 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.

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An Cosantóir Visits Connaught Rangers Association Museum

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Irish Gallipoli war dead remembered in Boyle.



At 2pm on the 24th of April in King House Boyle, a shared ceremony of Remembrance in two parts to remember all combatants who gave their lives or became wounded during the Gallipoli campaign was held.

The unveiling of the Boyle mens shed dioram100_3679a of the V beach landings by the collier SS River Clyde was the first part.Its creation was a labour of love for all who worked on this thought provoking scene and its location in the Connaught Rangers Room of Remembrance during its creation was overlooked by the many faces of the men enclosed in black frames who died during this campaign and throughout the Great War added to the poignancy of the task.

The second part of our ceremony involved a minutes silence,a pipers lament,an audio recording of actual machinegun fire and explosions.The people gathered remained silent long after the minute was up,transfixed by the entire scene and the occasion of remembering the 3000 Irishmen killed, 13 of whom came from the Boyle area, and the many casualties left to suffer long after the campaign or rather folly finished.These Irish soldiers that fought so bravely for what they believed in,their soldiering skills,and hopes for their country,peace for the world and support for one and other are qualities that should never have been forgotten. The 100th anniversary of Gallipoli has finally been remembered as a wreath laid by President Higgins at Helles, Gallipoli on behalf of the Irish people finally acknowledges the Sacrifice.100_3684

On behalf of The Connaught Rangers Association and Boyle Mens Shed thank you to all who attended and remembered. 

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Unveiling of Gallipoli landings at V beach 1915-2015.


Please feel free to come along to the unveiling in King House at 2pm on Friday 24th of April in Boyle.

Boyle Men's Shed and the Connaught Rangers Association are proud to put on display this project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.Remembering all sides which fought this model is set in the Connaught Rangers Room of Remembrance and is we believe a unique way of protraying the tragedy which was Gallipoli for all combatants.

The standard of work which has created this model is already receiving great reviews and is a credit to all involved.

See you on the day.

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Model of V Beach Landings, Gallipoli.

Work has begun on the landing's at V beach, Helles Gallipoli, with the collier River Clyde in model form, thanks to the great work of the member's of Boyle's Men's shed.The completed work will be in addition to two other works already on display at King House.For each year of the war the members of BMS will creat an iconic image for each year.This will be a unique project which will also be audio visual for the viewer.


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