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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 9th Annual AGM took place in Tommy Heraghty’s Pub, Manorhamilton on Friday 27th January 2017.
The meeting was well attended and each Coy of the former 19th was represented.
Tommie Heraghty will be the President of the Association for the coming year. Seamus O’Donnell is the new chairman. Gerry Tonry will continue as the general secretary and Pat Casey is the minutes recording secretary. Pat Conroy continues as treasurer and Francie Geelan will look after membership. Full committee list later. The meeting was very appreciative of the work done by the officers and committee during 2016.
The meeting was followed by an excellent meal. Many thanks to all the organisers of the event. It was a really lovely night.
Outgoing president Pearse Brady congratulates Tommie Heraghty the incoming president after handover of the presidential chain
Membership fees at €10 are now due and should be given to your Company rep ASAP. They are for the calendar year and should be paid before the AGM.
Only paid up members have a vote at the AGM.
The 9th Annual AGM will take place this year in Tommy Heraghty’s Pub in Manorhamilton on Friday 27th January at 7.30p.m.
Members with Association uniform should wear same. Otherwise neat dress.
All members are encouraged to attend the AGM. New members welcome.
The meeting will be followed by the annual social. The cost of social this year is €10 and is open to all members and friends of the 19th Bn.
The social must be booked through your coy rep.
The President, Chairman and Committee wish all members of the Association and all those who served with the 19th Infantry Battalion together with their families a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year filled with peace and happiness.
The Annual Mass for deceased members of the 19th Bn was celebrated this year in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday, 6th November, 2016. It was well attended.
The celebrant mentioned the Unit many times during the course of the Mass and the commitment and dedication of its members over the years.
He also noted the sacrifice of the men and women of 1916. After the Mass members met in the Bush Hotel for refreshments.
Pictured above are attendees at the Annual Mass 2016.
Members of the Association along with a Colour Party from the Reserve Coy 28th Infantry Bn participated in the Re-Enactment at Keash on Garland Sunday 31st July 2016.
Many thanks to Peter McParland who supplied the pictures.
Association Members pictured with Hubert Keaney (a former member of D Coy 19 Bn) Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council at City Hall Sligo on Sunday 10th July 2016 for the National Day Of Commemoration Ceremony.
An Ecumenical Service to Commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and The Battle of the Somme was held in Cloonclare Parish Church, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim on Sunday 3rd July 2016. It was well attended by our members. Professor Eunan O'Halpin TCD delivered the sermon. Bishop Ferran Glenfield and Bishop Leo O'Reilly gave the Blessing.
This tour took place on Wednesday 22nd June 2016. 54 members and friends visited Stephen's Barracks Museum Kilkenny and were given a guided tour.
They then went on to Bunratty Folk Park and Castle. On the journey home they dined in the Thatch Restaurant Crinkill, Birr.
Pictured are some of the tour in Stephen's Bks home of the 3rd Infantry Bn.
Francie Geelan, 19th Bn Association makes a presentation of a 19th Bn Plaque to C/S Greg Waters acting Sgt. Major 3rd Bn.
The Association also made a cash contribution towards the upkeep of the museum at the conclusion of the visit.
More pictures on the 19th Bn facebook page.
19th Infantry BN FCA Association taking part in the Sean Mac Diarmada Street Renaming Ceremony, Manorhamilton 29th May 2016
Association members attended a 1916 Commemorative Event in the Shannon Lodge, Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday 20th of May. It was very well organised together with music, song and dance, there were some very moving stories from people who shared their memories of grand uncles and other relatives who took part in the Easter Rising and the War of Independence.
Three pictures of members of the 19th Bn Association who participated in 1916 Centenary Celebrations at Banada, Co. Sligo on Sunday 1st May 2016. The group picture includes Mr. Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Our Association was well represented in Sligo on the 24th April, 2016 for the Centenary Celebrations of The Easter Rising. They marched to the Town Hall joined by veterans from the ONE, IUNVA, and the 24th Inf BN FCA Association where a Military Ceremony took place.
Members of the 19th Bn Association who participated in the Centenary celebrations at Aras an Chontae, Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday 24th April 2016.
10 of our members provided an Honour Guard in the Folk Park in Riverstown on Wed 13th April for the Unveiling of a Memorial to those who fought and lost their lives in the Great War, The 1916 Rising, The War of Independence and The Civil War. After the Unveiling a wreath was laid and the Last Post was played. During that period those in Uniform stood at attention , motionless, shoulder to shoulder, remembering those who fought and died for what they believed in, some on foreign fields in a time long past. The MC for the Unveiling, Hugh Kelly thanked our Association for its participation in the event and it must be said we were very well received by the local community.
Our Association provided a Colour Party and led the St Patrick's Day Parade in Riverstown. It was a very enjoyable day with the good weather being a bonus.
Members of the 19th Bn Association pictured following the Flag Raising with Benbulben in the background.
Members of the 19th Bn Association pictured at Lissadel House with Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh on Sunday 20th March 2016 at a flag raising ceremony.
Pictured are P. Brady, Association President, Martin Meehan, Tom Heraghty, Pat Casey and Seamus O'Donnell.
Picture: John Barden.
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.