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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.
An EGM of the Association will be held on Monday 25th May 2015 at 8:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Coach House Hotel, Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
It will discuss the Museum.
All seats on the tour have been filled.
Association members attended Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Boyle
on Sunday 10th May 2015.
The Mass remembered the deceased members of Boyle ex Servicemen’s and Women’s Association and the deceased members of the 19th Infantry Battalion FCA.
The celebrant was Rev. Gerry Hanly P.P.
The Association was well represented at the unveiling ceremony in Ballymote
on Saturday 9th May 2015.
The unveiling of a bronze sculpture of a soldier on horseback is dedicated to the Irish soldiers and nurses who participated in the American Civil War which ended on 9th May 1865. The unveiling was performed jointly by An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny and Mr. Kevin F. O’Malley, American Ambassador to Ireland.
Afterwards both men met our members and posed for photographs (see below). The MC for the occasion was Mr. Gerry Jordan. The event was favoured with good weather.
The 19th Infantry Battalion FCA Association will visit The Ulster Folk and Transport Museums in Cultra, Hollywood, Belfast on Wednesday 3rd June 2015.
The tour is by coach and will leave Boyle at 8a.m. It will arrive back in Boyle at 9p.m.
On the return journey the tour will stop in Enniskillen for a four course dinner in the Killyhevlin Hotel. There will also be time for shopping and sightseeing.
The cost of the tour is €50 and it includes cost of transport, entry fee to museums and the meal. A non-refundable deposit of €20 is required with each booking.
For further information and booking forms contact Francie 087-2234477 or your Coy rep.
Early booking is advisable as last year’s tour was over-subscribed.
Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The 7th AGM of the association was held on Friday 30th January in the Coach House Hotel Ballymote. The meeting observed a minutes silence in memory of Pat Milmoe and Jim Garvey. The officers then presented their reports which were adopted. The election of officers and committee followed.
After the meeting members were joined by their friends for a lovely meal at the same venue.
We are indebted to Aisling Stephenson for the pictures from the function which appear on this site.
Pictured above is the outgoing President Jim Gormley congratulating Seamus Flynn the incoming President.
Pictured above left to right is incoming President Seamus Flynn with past holders of the office Jim Gormley, Francie Geelan and Eddie Doherty.
Photos courtesy Aisling Stephenson.