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Welcome to the 19 Infantry Battalion F.C.A. Association. Our Association was inaugurated on 11th June 2008 and officially launched by Lt. Gen. Jim Shreenan ( Retired ) on Sunday 27th September 2009 in Boyle. The Association consists of F.C.A. & P.D.F. members of the former 19 Infantry Battalion. The aim of the Association is for members of the former Battalion to keep in contact with each other.
Thanks to all those members who travelled to our AGM on Friday night 29th January 2016. The out-going President did not seek re-election. The President for the coming year is Pearse Brady. All other officers and committee continue in office for a further year. See the committee page for the details. Following the meeting members and their friends enjoyed a beautiful meal in the hotel (Durkan’s –Ballaghaderreen).
We sincerely thank Aisling Stephenson for the lovely pictures posted here and they are also included in AGM and Social Album on our 19th Bn Facebook page.
Pictured are members of the 19th Bn Association at the annual Mass for deceased members of the Bn on Sunday, 6th December 2015 in Manorhamilton. Pic P. Brady.
Seamus Flynn President of the 19th Bn association congratulates Mark Davern on his recent promotion to the rank of Commandant. Mark a former member of E Coy 19th Bn FCA has taken up his new appointment as a Coy Commander with the 28th Bn, Finner Camp. Pic. P. Brady
Thanks to Gerrry Jordan for the following report and to Seamus O'Donnell for the pictures.
Lt Col Sean Flynn, OC 69 Regiment (Fighting Irish) New York visited the 28 Inf Bn in Finner Camp on 21st August 2015. He was accompanied by Mr Hilary Beirne, Executive Secretary St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York City. On the following day Lt Col Flynn and Mr Hilary Beirne visited the General Michael Corcoran monument in Ballymote and were received by the 19th Bn Association.
Sean Michael Flynn has written a book on the history of the 69th Regiment in New York entitled The Fighting 69th – From Ground Zero to Baghdad which was published in 2007. Both Lt Col Flynn, his predecessors and Mr Hilary Beirne have hosted RDF members of 28th Inf Bn, and previously the 58th Inf Bn, on St. Patrick’s Day in New York over the last six years.
The regiment’s most renowned general was Ballymote native Michael Corcoran (1827-1863) who famously refused to parade his troops for the Prince of Wales in reaction to the British response to the Great Famine in Ireland. Historically the regiment boasted a strong Irish membership. In 2006, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially acknowledged the 69th Regiment’s Sligo link by unveiling a monument to General Corcoran during a visit to Ballymote. The 58th Battalion played a central role during the mayor’s visit and, in return, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration Committee invited the battalion to march in the 2010 parade. The Battalion has continued to do so every year since.
Each visit to participate in the New York City Parade had its own particular highlight. The 2010 parade had the novelty of being the first time since the funeral of President Kennedy in 1963 that members of the Army marched in uniform in the US. The 2011 parade was an exceptionally unique occasion as it celebrated the 250th anniversary of the New York City parade. Members of the 58th Bn. were accorded the honour of acting as assistants during the annual Mass in remembrance of deceased members of the Fighting 69th in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
According to Gerry Jordan (Comdt Retd), who led the 58th group on the 2013 visit to New York, the participation of the 58th Bn. in the parade added several new and significant highlights to the Irish Defence Force presence at the parade. In recognition of the continued commitment of members of the 58th Bn. to march in the parade, in 2013 the Bn. were moved up the “line of march” to near the head of the parade. This was an exceptional honour for a visiting parade group and that honour has been extended to the participants at each parade since. Because the 58th Bn. were given a position near the top of the parade, several new elements to the 58th Bn. participation in the post march events and hospitality of the Fighting 69th Regiment, for the first time, became possible. The building of the monument in Ballymote, instigated by John Perry TD, really made the whole thing possible and the visit of Lt Col Sean Flynn was therefore particularly fitting.