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2014 Limerick Poppy Appeal

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on November 1, 2014 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (1)


Poppy Appeal items are available AT ALL TIMES in ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL, Athlunkard St. Limerick.

REMEMBRANCE WEEK - Remembrance Sunday falls on the 9th Nov this year and Limerick members will be out collecting for the Poppy Appeal in following Limerick locations on 7-8th November 2014. Collectors will also have the metal WW1 Centenary Irish Poppy pins in their boxes.

You'll find us here:

- at the Parkway & Crescent Shopping Centres.

- Limerick City Centre (Debenhams / Brown Thomas/ Bank of Ireland).

- The Milk Market (Saturday)

Poppies will also be available on Remembrance Sunday at The War Memorial in Pery Sq.


Both the traditional Red Flanders poppy and the WW1 Centenary Irish Poppy pin can be obtained online via our website Homepage - Use "DONATE" and use the "Message Seller" utility in PayPal to tell us what you need. All orders are dispatched in the very next post.


Where to get your Remembrance Poppy

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on November 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (6)

Limerick members will be out collecting for the Poppy Appeal in Limerick on 7-8th November 2014 before Remembrance Sunday on the 9th. Collectors will also have the metal WW1 Centenary Irish Poppy pins (suggested donation - 3 Euro)

On 7-8 NOV, You'll find us here:

- at the Parkway & Crescent Shopping Centres.

- Limerick City Centre (Debenhams / Brown Thomas/ Bank of Ireland).

- Milk Market (Saturday)

Check our" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">FACEBOOK page for updates on Collector locations.

Poppies are available throughout Remembrancetide

in St Mary's Cathedral, Athlunkard St.

POPPY by POST (we post everywhere)

Both the traditional Red Flanders poppy and the the WW1 Centenary Irish Poppy pin can be obtained online via our website Homepage using the PayPal buttons.

Use "DONATE" and use the message sell utility in PayPal to state your requirements.

Orders are dispatched in the very next post.


Branch members visit Belfast - 23-25 Aug 2012

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on August 28, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

On the 25th August 2012 a small party of our members and friends took time out of a social visit to Belfast to honour the Sacrifice of The People of Northern Ireland during 2 World Wars. A wreath of poppies emblazoned with an Irish Tricolour was laid by our Chairman Paddy Lowe at the beautiful War Memorial in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. 

Laying our wreath at this special memorial was something we really wanted to do - to register our remembrance and acknowledge our debt to all the fallen Servicemen and women of this Island and the almost 1000 Belfast people who lost their lives during the Blitz. We were genuinely surprised and highly complimented to be met on arrival and escorted by Cllr Guy Spence DUP, Belfast City Council (left) and Robert & Elizabeth McKee of the Sandy Row Cultural Society. Much appreciation too to Mr. Trevor McCusker of Ballyclare for his help, friendship and photography.

The cermony was simple, short and genuinely heartfelt and we're so glad it was able to be shared with more than just ourselves. Words are not enough here to relate the kindness, friendliness, courtesy and good humour we have encountered at every turn during our Branch trip to Belfast - We salute them and thank them all so very much for their friendship and valued support.

Dvr Isaac T Hodson RIP Remembered

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on August 4, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It was a pleasure to be contacted by Australian Ian Hodson who recently discovered his grandfather, Isaac Thompson Hodson, is buried in the King's Island Military Cemetery  in Limerick (Plot 87). Ian wondered if we could supply a photo of the grave.

Having photographed all these War Graves last year for The Commonwealth War Graves Photographic Project we were able to do so within minutes of his request. Ian was delighted by our response and was also moved to hear that every November we plant a Poppy Cross on his grandfathers grave as part of our Remembrancetide ceremonies.

He tells us that his grandfather Isaac (see photo) served with the Army Service Corps as a Lorry Driver and he was a good 41 years old when he first enlisted in 1915. Entering France in1916 he served in that theatre until 1918 when he was evaucated back to England with Influenza & Brochitis. Later that same year he was posted to Limerick only to die here some months later from influenza - so far from home. The family thereafter moved to Australia.

There are 39 CWGS graves in King's Island Cemetery - nearly all are non-Irish and were likely casualties of the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918/19 rather than of enemy (or Rebel) action. There was a military hospital nearby and even some of the medical staff are interred here such was the impact of this pandemic. 

We are delighted to have such information on one of those we seek to remember every year and a great photograph of the soldier is a particular bonus. Thank you Ian and rest assured may your grandfather always Rest in Peace in our care.

Lest we Forget.


Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on February 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)


District Shield Comes to Limerick

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on January 27, 2011 at 4:08 PM Comments comments (1)


It's always nice to begin a new year with good news and in 2011 we're off to an excellent start. At the 86th Annual Conference of the Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland District last Saturday (22nd Jan), our very own Limerick Branch was announced as winner of "The District Shield". Awarded annually at conference, this large, handsome and historic prize is awarded to the ROI branch in recognition of "proficiency and endeavour"  throughout the preceding year.


Was it a surprise? Most definitely - there has been some sterling work by other branches ... but we are delighted by this acknowledgement of the efforts of the Limerick membership during 2010.


The Shield was presented by the Royal British Legion's Director of National Events and Fundraising, Russell Thompson OBE and was accepted by President Paschal Sage on behalf of our Chairman Paddy Lowe who is recuperating from surgery.  


On hearing the news Paddy congratulated members for their commitment to welfare work with veterans, the Irish Poppy Appeal, remembrance events both at local and national level and for their exemplary representation of the Legion in Limerick. But we know that it is the Captain who steers the ship and we certainly hope this good news will speed Paddy's recovery so he may resume full Stewardship of the branch before too long.


The 'Hickie' Shield, awarded for greatest percentage increase in Branch membership, was justly won by Waterford Branch - our sincere congratulations to them.

2010 Remembrance Sunday a great success.

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on November 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Our annual Remembrance Sunday Wreath Laying Ceremony took place at the War Memorial in Limerick’s Pery Square on the 14th Nov. and was well attended by veterans and general public. 

After the minute silence and Last Post, wreaths were laid by the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Michael Hourigan, on behalf of the City and citizens of Limerick, and on behalf of Shannon Town by the Mayor of Shannon Cllr. Tony Mulcahy. Mr. Willy O’Dea TD and Captain Michael Hickey, representing the Irish Defence Forces were also guests. Our Branch President, Paschal Sage laid a wreath of Poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion in Ireland. Official Wreaths were also laid at the Cenotaph by representatives of The American Legion in Ireland, O.N.E. Organisation of Irish Ex-Servicemen, Merchant Navy, Irish Naval Association, Irish United Nations Veterans Association and The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association.

In his address Cllr. Hourigan reminded the assembly of the many similar events taking place all over the free world at that moment. People are sharing this time to remember together those of their countrymen who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of that freedom. Ireland, he remarked, had contributed in full measure to those just causes and it was just and right that we remember those men and women who never returned. He thanked the Limerick members of the Royal British Legion for their role over many years in commemorating the Limerick Fallen and upholding their memory at home. He complimented us too for our continuing welfare work among veterans of those conflicts.

The Pery Square ceremony was followed by a Rememberance Mass at St Joseph's celebrated by Fr Tom Mangan.  Fr. Tom moved many by his sensitive exposition to the congregation as to our reason and purpose on this special day. He left none to doubt that he had independently researched the War Memorial and its history. His informed references throughout the Mass to the Royal British Legion, the war memorial and especially its local relevance was remarkable. That printed copies of your research were made available for the congregation to take away with them at the end of the service was just impressive. Few of us who walked from that service without a greater pride in ourselves and a rejuvenated sense of purpose as we face into our 90th year in 2011. Sincere thanks are due both Cllr. Hourigan and Fr Tom for their for their very kind remarks and reflections on Remembrance and Limerick and the Legion.

Mass was followed by a very well attended social at the Pery Hotel where veterans from all participating organisations gathered and renewed friendships for another year.


I would also like to thank Pat Browne of Munster Images who attended captured some wonderful photographs of the occasion. I am also requested to pass to you the well deserved appreciation of our President Maj. Gen. The O’Morchoe to whom these events have been reported. We should also add a special thanks to those branch officers, particularly Paddy Lowe and Denis Carroll, whose particular efforts were instrumental in bringing this day together and making  in it such a success.

The Clare Great War Remembrance

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on November 12, 2010 at 1:08 PM Comments comments (3)

Amid a great storm members of the branch travelled to Ennis in Co Clare to attend a Remembrance Day Commemoration for Clare casualties of the Great War. This is only the 3rd such commemoration to be held in Co Clare sine the 1920's and is organised by a small local group composed of relatives of the fallen, clergy and local historians who honoured us with an invitation to parade our branch standard. Attendence was hampered by severe weather and the Piper was unable to make it because as an Electricity Board linesman he was required elsewhere in the county to restore power outages. Undaunted. Mr Peadar McNamara steered the proceedings without fault and a wreath was laid on behalf of the people of Clare by Cllr. Brian Meaney (Green Party). The keynote speaker was the distinguished Irish Army Officer Col. Micheal Shannon (rtd), a founding member of the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines and Director or the Irish Peace Institute. The Clare Remembrance Day Committee are doing a marvellous thing by their reestablishment of remembrance in Co Clare and plans for a prominent Memorial within the town are advanced. Well done to all involved (Photo credit: Caroline Duffy).

Members of Limerick Branch pose with keynote speaker Col. Micheal Shannon (front right) and the Irish Great War Society in uniforms of Irish Regiments of the Great War.

Clare Remembers

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on October 22, 2010 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A small group in Co Clare, comprising local clergy, historians and relatives of war victims,  have formed The Clare Remembrance Day Committee and will hold a Remembrance Day Service at Ennis Cathedral in the 11th November at 8pm.

Committee member Peadar McNamara informs me this is only the third such event in the Banner County since 1929 and the the organisers are to be congratulated on a marvellous achievement.

The sarcrifice of the people of Co Clare during the Great War was no less than any other place yet no public war memorial to these men has ever been erected. The committee has plans afoot to build a Clare Peace Memorial in remembrance of all Clare citizens who have given their lives in war. Clare casualities in the 20th centuary were: WW1 - 700, Spanish Civil War - 2, WW2 - 45 and the Korean War - 4.


photo by Brian Duffy

Gardai bound for Afghanistan

Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on October 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM Comments comments (0)

With the Royal Irish Regiment and the Irish Guards currently deployed in theatre, Afghanistan is to become even more Irish after the cabinet decision yesterday to deploy six members of An Garda Siochana to the country as part of and EU policing initiative. The selected Gardai will leave within the next few weeks and can expect a tour lasting 1 year. We wish each and every one of them all the very best of luck with their mission and a safe return to home. We know they will perform their role to the highest standard and serve as a great source of pride to us all.




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