The annual Tipperary Remembrance Conference took place recently that included a number of events to remember Irish men and women that have served, are still serving and those that have died for the cause of peace and freedom at home and worldwide.
“In the absence of a memorial on the Island of Ireland, the Tipperary Remembrance Trust conference is specifically dedicated to the memory of all the Irishmen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of peace and freedom worldwide,” said Mick Haslam, Chairperson.
The conference took place over a weekend including a banquet on the Saturday evening and an Ecumenical Service on Sunday morning before a procession to the Tipperary Remembrance Arch.Damian Shiels, author of, ‘The Irish in The American Civil War’ was a speaker at the convention.“I enjoyed sharing the story of the Irish in the American Civil War in a forum of remembrance. I hope it is the first of many opportunities we have to remember the Irish of the conflict in such a setting. Enormous credit is due to Mick Haslam and his team for the continued success of this remembrance event.”
The United States was represented by Military Attaché to Ireland Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden, who laid a wreath in memory of all those Irish who have died in the service of America, including those who lost their lives during the Civil War. Major-General David Nial Creagh O’Morchoe lay a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion of Ireland, Squadron Leader Susie Barns on behalf of New Zealand, Colonel Sean English on behalf of the United Kingdom, Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Trudel for the Canadian Defence Forces and Group Captain Peter Wood for the Australian Defence Force. A wreath was also presented on behalf of the Irish Defence Forces as The Last Post’ was played followed by ‘Going Home’ by a lone piper.