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Reply Winston Manning
7:47 PM on May 10, 2017 
Where can I find the membership form to join the Limerick Branch. Also what is the cost of annual membership ? I live in Ottawa Canada and on occasion return home on vacation to Wnnis. It would be nice to drop into your Legion on my visits. I would also like to trace an old friend from Limerick that I served with with the Royal Signals in Germany in the early 60's, hi mama was Noel Clancy, I wonder if he was ever a member? Regards Winston Manning
Reply Winston Manning
1:39 PM on November 9, 2015 
I am trying to purchase one of the Irish Poppy pins for WW1 , but unable to access the payment method used on site. Also tried the 1 800 number to no avail. Please advise how I can purchase one of the Poppis
Regards
Winston
Reply Peter Mulvany
2:10 PM on June 19, 2015 
Support Forgotten Irish Naval Service Heroes:
The following has been submitted to the Irish Minister for Defence Simon Coveney TD and An Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny TD in support of Forgotten Irish Naval Service Heroes: Perhaps this might be of inreste to Shipmates in the RNA. http://www.irishseamensrelativesassociation.com/Le_Cliona
Best Wishes
Peter Mulvany
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Dear Sirs,
On 29 May 1962, the Irish Naval Vessel LÉ Cliona while participating in an annual exercise south of Roches Point County Cork carried out a successful Hedgehog mortar exercise. During her second pattern of depth charges, she suffered a premature explosion from a charge dropped from the port stern rail. The resulting explosion lifted the stern of the ship out of the water and the concussion ruptured fuel oil feed pipes in the aft boiler room. The leaking oil resulted in a serious fire which rapidly accelerated out of control. Leading Stoker William Myres closed the feed valves, isolating the supply of fuel to the fire. L/S Myres had to be ordered to leave his post so he could receive medical attention for burns he had sustained in the fire fighting effort. The Executive Officer, Lt. Pat O'Mahoney, then entered the aft boiler room where he fought the fire for at least another thirty minutes. The fire was eventually extinguished, despite the Marine Rescue Coordination centre dispatching an oceangoing tug, the Clonmel to the scene to assist, the Cliona was able to proceed to Haulbowline under her own steam for an investigation and repairs. (Extract: Report to the Chief of Staff from Captain Thomas McKenna on fire damage to LE Cliona, 31 May 1962 (Military Archives). Neither Myres or O'Mahoney received a decoration for the bravery they showed in their fire fighting effort.
As Military medals are bestowed in recognition of specific acts or service representing all that is best in the field of human endeavour, the actions of Leading Stoker William Myres and Lt. Pat O?Mahoney should have merited recognition. Perhaps the government should consider initiating a review and recognise these personnel ?
Peter Mulvany
Irish Seamen's Relatives Association (1939-46)
http://www.irishseamensrelativesassociation.com
Reply Peter Mulvany
4:44 PM on May 2, 2015 
Correction: the DOD for Phil is today 02 May 2015
http://www.irishseamensrelativesassociation.com
Reply Peter Mulvany
4:37 PM on May 2, 2015 
Peter Mulvany says...
Last WW2 Veteran to be Amnestied Dies
Saturday 02 April 2015: It is with regret to learn that 94 year old Phil Farrington died this morning in the care of the staff of Leopardstown Park Hospital, Foxrock, County Dublin. Phil who served at one time in the defence forces during the emergency, subsequently joined the British Army and was involved in the liberation of Belsen Concentration camp. Phil's story is well known having appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Programme 'The Disowned Army' and in various other newsmedia. Phil Farrington is the last survivor of those who were blacklisted in 1945 and amnestied by the Irish Government in 2013. May he rest in peace!
The Amnesty:
The Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty and Immunity) Act (No 12) 2013, initiated by the Minister for Defence Mr Allan Shatter TD, on behalf of the Irish government, is an unprecedented, and historically significant piece of legislation, which exonerates members of the Irish defence forces who went AWOL (absent without leave) and joined UK or allied forces during world war two, and at the same time provides immunity from prosecution for others. Accompanied by an apology, this legislation comprehensively and unambiguously obliterates the imputation of guilt imposed by the post war Irish government on former blacklisted Irish defence force personnel. It effectively clears their name. http://www.irishseamensrelativesassociation.com
Reply Peter Mulvany
4:35 PM on May 2, 2015 
Last WW2 Veteran to be Amnestied Dies
Saturday 02 April 2015: It is with regret to learn that 94 year old Phil Farrington died this morning in the care of the staff of Leopardstown Park Hospital, Foxrock, County Dublin. Phil who served at one time in the defence forces during the emergency, subsequently joined the British Army and was involved in the liberation of Belsen Concentration camp. Phil's story is well known having appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Programme 'The Disowned Army' and in various other newsmedia. Phil Farrington is the last survivor of those who were blacklisted in 1945 and amnestied by the Irish Government in 2013. May he rest in peace!
The Amnesty:
The Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty and Immunity) Act (No 12) 2013, initiated by the Minister for Defence Mr Allan Shatter TD, on behalf of the Irish government, is an unprecedented, and historically significant piece of legislation, which exonerates members of the Irish defence forces who went AWOL (absent without leave) and joined UK or allied forces during world war two, and at the same time provides immunity from prosecution for others. Accompanied by an apology, this legislation comprehensively and unambiguously obliterates the imputation of guilt imposed by the post war Irish government on former blacklisted Irish defence force personnel. It effectively clears their name. http://www.irishseamensrelativesassociation.com
Reply Limerick Royal British Legion
2:05 PM on August 21, 2014 
Mark Best says...
Do you still have the old poppy badge, I bought some two years ago and some of my Branch members would like some more ?

No more Mark ... They were a pilot version which has given way to the new official RBL WW1 Centenary version of the Irish Poppy pin on our homepage. Available from us or from stocking RBL branches.
Reply Mark Best
1:31 PM on August 21, 2014 
Do you still have the old poppy badge, I bought some two years ago and some of my Branch members would like some more ?
Reply Hans van Ekelenburg
7:15 AM on August 5, 2014 
Thank you for sending me the Irish Poppy badge. I'll proud to carry them.
Reply Annette Chambers
1:46 PM on November 4, 2013 
Thank you very much, it's great to see it go from strength to strength, well done to everyone involved , wishing you all continued success and good health,
Thank you for your kind comment in appreciation.

Annette