First of all on behalf of or committee we thank all the people who supported our Churchgate collection and for support over the years.
On the 28th of Oct 2011 Mr Joe Ryan and Mr John Wort and five other people will travel to the Lebanon and will attend ceremonies in St Georges Church and in the Irish Memorial Garden in Tibnin in South Lebanon they will also meet some of our Irish troops serving out there at the moment.
Mr John Wort will lay a wreath at the Irish Memorial on behalf of the Thurles Memorial committee and the Fr. James Gilmore branch of O.N.E. Dublin. The group led by Mr . Guy Jones of the Irish Lebanese Cultural Foundation will also meet with VIP’s of the Lebanese Government. The group will arrive back in time for the Remembrance Sunday ceremonies on the 13th of November starting with the 12 .15 Mass in the Cathedral celebrated by His Grace Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. After Mass, the guest and colour party led by piper Mick Dawson will march to St Mary’s Garden of Remembrance. During the ceremony a special memorial will be unveiled by Commander Winnie Maye of the Order of Malta to all deceased members of the Order.
Wreaths will be laid at the memorials followed by the playing of the last Post Reville and the Irish Anthem. All are welcome to attend the Mass and the ceremony St Mary’s Garden of Remembrance. Over the last few weeks we had visitors from the Irish Wheelchair Association Visit St Mary’s Garden of Remembrance. The visit was organised by Mr Brian Wort of Moycarkey Thurles . The group were met in St Mary’s by the President and PRO. Mr John Wort.
On Saturday morning the 24th of September we had visitors from the Tipperary Remembrance Trust Tipperary town. The group led by Mr. Denis Hartnett of the Tipperary Remembrance Trust were met by Mr Pat Walsh Chairman of the Memorial Committee. Pat introduced the visiting VIP’s to the Durlas Eile Memorial Committee. In turn Mr Hartnett introduced his party to the Memorial Committee.
After the ceremony Cllrs. David Doran and Noel O’Dwyer welcomed the visitors to Thurles and hoped that they would enjoy their stay and that they would tell their friends of the visit and encourage them to visit some day in the near future .
The group went on to visit St Mary’s Famine Museum, then on to the Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle before heading back to Tipperary Town.