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.
The Connaught Ranger's Association.