Thank you from the CRA Committee.

To all our members in Ireland and around the world, our friends, and those people who supported us during 2014, a great big thanks for supporting us in our endeavours.

A turnout of over 100 people attended our Remembrance day ceremonies which was great to finish off the year.It is the most important date in our calender and it goes from strength to strength.The Irish laments played by the Pipers was very well received as was the lecture afterwards by Mr Brian White.Our ceremony is firmly on the map of events in the local calender and it has amazed since 2002 we have not had a wet day, but clear blue skies.

We look forward to next year, our New Ranger Journal and our trip to Gallipoli will keep us busy, our ever growing museum in King House is almost full with artifacts and donations, a new addition is the excellent work of Boyle's men's shed who have built two fantastic models depicting a battle scene in 1914 with trenches, hundreds of soldiers from the differant countries and fighting aircraft.The second model is the same ground in 2014 showing a Commonwealth war graves cemetery a main road with a citroen car parked and visitors in the cemetery.

The Connaught Rangers Association wish all our friends and members the very best in 2015.

William Beirne

Chairperson.

 

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Remembrance Sunday Ceremony 2014

The Connaught Rangers Association would like to extend a general invitation to attend its annual Ecumenical service of Remembrance to remember all Irishmen and Irishwomen who served or died in all wars and conflicts.This years ceremony is especially significant as it begins the period of anniversaries to remember this once forgotten generation of men and women from Ireland who served during this tragic conflict.The War to end all wars as it became known, or "The Great War" was to take 126 men from the Boyle area and have them pay the supreme sacrifice for Peace.

Our Ceremony commences at 2pm, on the 9th of November in the grounds of King House, Boyle Co.Roscommon. Representatives from different Faiths, Associations and members of the Athlone Town Pipe Band will be taking part in the Ceremony.Wreaths will be laid,the last post sounded and a minutes silence will be observed to remember the Dead of all conflicts.In recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 the names of  22 men from Boyle and the surrounding area, who were killed between the commencement of the War in August 1914 through to the end of December 1914 will be honoured.This format will be repeated for each years anniversary up to 2018. A selection of Irish laments will be played on the pipes by the members of the Athlone Pipe Band to conclude the Ceremony.If people attending wish to lay a flower/wreath or some other form of remembrance of a family member who served please make contact with Mr William Beirne on the day.

Our talk this year which will begin immediately after the Ceremony 2.30pm approx, will this year  be given by Mr Brian White from the Bray Cualann Historical Society, he will give what promises to be a very interesting talk about the remarkable efforts of the countess of Kingston from Kilronan House to help aid and cure wounded soldiers.Referance will also be made to some unusual cures for wounded soldiers grown and collected in the Boyle area.

The Connaught Rangers Association would like to thank Roscommon County Council, Mr Tommy Egan and the staff of King House for their continued support in helping our Association build up to this important period of Remembrance in Ireland. 

People are invited back for refreshments afterwards to Patrick's Well.

William Beirne,

Chairperson,

The Connaught Ranger's Association.

 

 

 

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Connaught Rangers Trip To Gallipoli August 2015

We would like to tell all new members and any outsider thinking of joining up of our trip to Gallipoli on 19th August 2015 to commemorate the ill fated expedition by the 5th Battalion onto the Turkish peninsula via Anzac Beach. The trip will remember the 5th Battalion on the centenary of their disaster on the slopes of Hill 60 up in the hills above Anzac and Suvla.
There are limited places available and the cost of the eight day mission is €1000, €250 being necessary by 31st January 2015 as a non-returnable deposit and the remaining €750 being needed by 31st May 2015.
We will be staying on the peninsula at a fabulous hotel for 5 nights and in Istanbul for 3 nights where we will be visiting Florence Nightingales hospital at Scutari from the Crimean War where lots of Connaught Rangers were treated. Contact the General Secretary, Paul Malpas, on malpas46@eircom.net or telephone on 00353 (0)719663046.

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Video Tour of the Connaught Rangers Museum Part 1.

Here’s the first in a series of videos showing the Connaught Rangers Museum in King House, Boyle, by Paul Malpas – General Secretary of the Association.

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Connaught Rangers Association Trip To Ypres 2014

CONNAUGHT RANGERS TRIP TO YPRES AUGUST 7TH TO 12TH 2014

We were awake early on 7th August and set off for Dublin at 2.30am our objective was Terminal 2 for 4.30am to meet our party, 44 people from all over Ireland, Cork, Kerry, Carlow, Dublin, Belfast, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Westmeath, with four more to meet in Belgium who had made their own way from England.  A large party with a big responsibility to rein in the stragglers, but by 12.30 we were well ensconced in our hotel in Ypres.  The Ariane Hotel everybody agreed was as good a hotel as was to be found; the staff, the food, the rooms were superb and the calm ambience relaxed our bodies as stories were told and people got to know each other.  The Belgian beer had many qualities but the one I noticed above any was its ability to gell strangers into long lost friends.  Always on a trip such as this you will get characters but the whole 48 of us seemed to be larger than life.

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Rededication of the Guildhall War Windows Derry 27th/28th Sept.

The Connaught Rangers Standard and Association members will be on parade for what promises to be a very historic Ceremony taking place in Derry this September.Some of the beautiful stain glass windows in the Guildhall remember the three Divisions which were raised on the island of Ireland for the Great War.One of which remembers the Connaught Rangers Regiment.

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The Great War Roadshow, King House, Boyle 20th Sept 2014.

Roscommon County Council with the support of the Connaught Rangers Association are inviting interested people to a series of talks on the Great War and its impact on our country and peoples past and present.If interested in attending please contact King House, Boyle Co.Roscommon on 071 96 63242. also please view the King House website for more information.

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Connaught Rangers Association visit to Ieper 7th-11th August 2014

What promises to be an emotional visit to Ieper for 48 members of the Connaught Rangers Association will be realised in August when our group falls in and parades down  to the Menin Gate to the sounds of St.Patrick's Day and Brian Boru by our pipers.We then will lay our wreaths and salute as the main Association officiating over the Ceremony. More to follow on our return.

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About Us

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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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