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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.
The Annual Mass for deceased members of the former 19th Infantry Battalion FCA will be celebrated on Sunday November 16th 2014 at 12 noon. The celebration will take place in The Cathedral Ballaghaderreen. All former members and friends of the 19th Bn are invited to attend. We would like a good turnout from the E Coy area.
Col Brendan McAndrew ADC to President Michael D. Higgins officially opened the 19th Bn. Association Visitors Centre at the Military Barracks, Boyle on Sunday 26th October at 6.30 p.m.
Col McAndrew was met at the entrance to the Barracks by the Association President, Jim Gormley and the Chairman Denis Flynn. He was accompanied by his wife. Col McAndrew then inspected an Honour Guard drawn from the Association and met the PDF staff from E Coy. He then cut the tape. The large crowd then proceeded to the Visitors Centre. All were very impressed with the layout and with what was on display.
After a meal in E Coy’s lecture hall presentations were made to Col McAndrew. Denis Flynn was the M.C. Jim Gormley spoke of the benefit of the FCA to the State and how it contributed to the development of the individual serving in it. Francie Geelan traced the history of the 19th Bn. and also the Association. He also referred to the Visitors Centre and to why it was established.
The president, Jim Gormley and Francie Geelan, Centre Sub-Committee then made presentations to Col McAndrew. One of the presentations was a record of his service with C Coy 19th Bn. The Col. is a native of Ballymote and many who knew him and his family were present. This concluded the formal business of the night-a night which was so friendly that we will remember it for a long time to come.
Pictured is Jim Gormley Association President making a presentation to Col. Brendan McAndrew who performed the official opening of the Visitors Centre at the Military Barracks on Sunday evening 26th October 2014.
Photo courtesy Mary Regan/Roscommon Herald.
Denis Flynn, chairman, Col Brendan McAndrew, Eddie Doherty and Seamus Flynn pictured at the official opening.
Photo courtesy Mary Regan/Roscommon Herald.
Photos courtesy Sean O'Dowd www.realboyle.com.
Almost 70 joined us on our 3rd annual tour to Fort Dunree and the Isle of Doagh Famine Village on 4th June 2014. The day was most enjoyable and ended with a lovely meal in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. We thank all those who joined us on the tour. Your participation ensured it was a success and you also made it such an enjoyable outing. All of the photos were taken by Aisling Stephenson. Thank you Aisling.
Photos from the 3rd Annual Tour - Fort Dunree, 4th June 2014.
Photos from the 3rd Annual Tour - Doagh Famine Village, 4th June 2014.
This meeting was held on Friday night 24th January 2014 in Boyle Golf Club Clubhouse. There was a large attendance with all companies represented.
The outgoing President, Chairman, General Secretary and one of the Joint Treasurers did not seek re-election. Tributes were paid to them for their work on behalf of the organisation during their terms of office.
The following officers and committee were elected for the year.
President :- Jim Gormley.
Chairman :- Denis Flynn.
General Secretary :- Gerry Tonry.
Minutes Recording Secretary :- Seamus O’Donnell.
Treasurers :- Micheal Brennan and Pat Conroy.
PRO :- Seamus Flynn.
The following members were selected to represent the five companies and the PDF.
A Coy :- Francie Geelan and Liam McDermott.
B Coy :-John Burke and Pat Casey.
C Coy :-Martin Meehan and John Barden.
D Coy :-Tom Heraghty and Sean Keaney.
E Coy :-Niall McGarry (the committee would like someone from the E Coy area to join Niall as a representative).
PDF :-Bertie Moran and Tommie O’Connor.
The meeting decided that there would be a summer outing.
The annual Mass for deceased members will be celebrated in Ballaghaderreen, (E Coy.) Date etc. to be advised.
Members are reminded that membership subscriptions are due. Membership covers the calendar year and is 10 euro for 2014. They can be paid to the treasurers or any of the Coy reps. New members are always welcome. Membership forms can be downloaded here on this site.
Thanks to Mary and her staff for the wonderful meal after the meeting.
Pictures :- Aisling Stephenson.
Francie Geelan President,19th Infantry Bn FCA Association, (2012 and 2013) presenting Eddie Doherty, Past President (2011) with a plaque in recognition of his input into the association.
Eddie pictured with two members of his family, Aisling and Michael.
The outgoing President Francie Geelan, congratulates Jim Gormley, incoming President, after handing over the Presidential Chain to him.
Some of the attendance who attended the AGM and Social.
The annual general meeting of the 19th Infantry Bn FCA Association will be held in Boyle Golf Clubhouse situated on the Roscommon Road about 1.5 miles from Boyle. It will be held on Friday night 24th January 2014 at 7pm. The meeting will be followed by the annual social night at 8pm. consisting of a full 4 course meal costing €20. Contact any Coy representative for further social details. The committee is anxious that former members of the Bn make a special effort to attend both events. It is hoped to start punctually at 7pm.
The AGM of the 19th Infantry Bn Association will be held on Friday night 24th January 2014 at 7p.m. It will take place in Boyle Golf Club situated on the Boyle-Roscommon road about 1 mile from the town. The AGM will be followed by a sit-down meal and social. More details later.