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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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Irish Gallipoli war dead remembered in Boyle.

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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.

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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.

Regards,

William Beirne

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Events for 2015

A happy new year and a prosperous 2015 to our members and friends.As a new year begins we hit the ground running with our first committee meeting on the 24th of this month.Topics for discussion will be the continued work on our popular museum in King House Boyle, dedicated to the Regiment.We are extremely grateful for the continued donation of artifacts for display and they make a great addition to our museum and King house as a whole.Our journal "The New Ranger" of 2015 is due to be posted out to our members in the next few weeks(has just arrived back from the printers) it is promising to be our best publication to date,we hope you enjoy reading it and please let us know your opinions of the contents.Gallipoli is calling in August please contact us if wishing to travel  as their is very few places left on this trip.(Contact no 0719663046) The Great War Roadshow will be returning to King House during the year,on its previous visit it proved very entertaining.Boyle's men's shed have commenced work on a new model set piece on differant aspects of the Great war.This will be in addition to two pieces already made and donated to our museum for display.We believe that when finished these models will be a great point of interest for young and old due to the very real visible view of the trenchs.Our AGM in the later part of the year will be in Galway more information on that will follow.Research enquires continue to take up a lot of our time but we are glad to be in a position to carry this work out, all we ask is for people to be patient with us as we all have day jobs as we say it is better to measure twice and cut once before we make our replies.

This completes our first salvo into 2015, so on behalf of the Connaught Rangers Association thanks for your continued support.

William Beirne

Chairperson.

 

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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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