Remembering the Irish of the American Civil War in Tipperary

 

I had the great privilege at the weekend of being the after-dinner speaker for the Tipperary Remembrance Trust event. The Trust is dedicated to the memory of all Irish men and women who have died worldwide in the cause of peace and freedom. The President of Ireland Mary McAleese dedicated the Trust’s Memorial Arch in Tipperary Town in 2005, and every year since the Trust has held a dinner and lecture, followed the next day by a memorial service in the Garrison Church and a wreath laying ceremony at the Arch. Many Irish veterans attended, as did military representatives from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Major-General David O’Morchoe was also present, representing the British Legion in Ireland.

I greatly enjoyed sharing the story of the Irish in the American Civil War in a forum of remembrance. I hope it is the first of many opportunities we have to remember the Irish of the conflict in such a setting. The United States was represented by Military Attaché to Ireland Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden, who laid a wreath in memory of all those Irish who have died in the service of America, including those who lost their lives during the Civil War. Enormous credit is due to Mick Haslam and his team for the continued success of this remembrance event. Sara Nylund took some photos to capture the falvour of the event which are shared with you below.

The first time any of my speaking engagements has been announced like this ! (Sara Nylund)

The first time any of my speaking engagements has been announced like this! (Sara Nylund)

Some of the military personnel who attended the dinner and my talk for the Tipperary Remembrance Trust (Sara Nylund)

Some of the military personnel who attended the dinner and my talk for the Tipperary Remembrance Trust (Sara Nylund)

The Colour-Guard prepare to march through Tipperary town (Sara Nylund)

The Colour-Guard prepare to march through Tipperary town (Sara Nylund)

The military representatives prepare to set off from the Garrison Church to the Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The military representatives prepare to set off from the Garrison Church to the Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The procession from the Church through Tipperary to the Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The procession from the Church through Tipperary to the Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

Major-General David Nial Creagh O'Morchoe lays a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion of Ireland (Sara Nylund)

Major-General David Nial Creagh O’Morchoe lays a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion of Ireland (Sara Nylund)

Squadron Leader Susie Barns lays a wreath on behalf of New Zealand (Sara Nylund)

Squadron Leader Susie Barns lays a wreath on behalf of New Zealand (Sara Nylund)

Colonel Sean English lays a wreath on behalf of the United Kingdom (Sara Nylund)

Colonel Sean English lays a wreath on behalf of the United Kingdom (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Trudel lays a wreath on behalf of the Canadian Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Trudel lays a wreath on behalf of the Canadian Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

A wreath is laid on behalf of the Irish Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

A wreath is laid on behalf of the Irish Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

Group Captain Peter Wood lays a wreath on behalf of the Australian Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

Group Captain Peter Wood lays a wreath on behalf of the Australian Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden, US Military Attaché at the Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden, US Military Attaché at the Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden lays a wreath on behalf of the United States Armed Forces (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden lays a wreath on behalf of the United States Armed Forces (Sara Nylund)

'The Last Post' is played at the Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

‘The Last Post’ is played at the Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

'Going Home' is played by a lone piper at the ceremony (Sara Nylund)

‘Going Home’ is played by a lone piper at the ceremony (Sara Nylund)

 

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Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

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4 Comments on “Remembering the Irish of the American Civil War in Tipperary”

  1. mogue1ohara
    October 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Hi, Damien:

    Many thanks for the photos and what a wonderful occasion is captured by Sara. I know David O’Morchoe from way back when. A lovely man – and his wife, too.

    I gave my Women in the Era of the CW presentation to the Wexford Hist Soc a fortnight ago. Met old friends and stayed over with dear friends from our younger days.

    I got your book the other day and have had a good look through prior to perusing it at leisure – when I can get it. EWell done and it looks great. I’m writing away all the time on Irish in the era of the CW – a big subject and, I hope, not too big! But I’ll finish it – if it doesn’t finish me first!

    Regards.

    ______________ Aidan

    • October 6, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Aidan,

      The General is a lovely man, it was a great pleasure to meet him. I really am looking forward to hearing that lecture some day soon I hope I can make one! Thanks re the book, I hope you enjoy it. We need to get more people to help us out in this regard- considering thousands from each county were involved there really should be groups from all over the island focusing in this period of our history (as is currently the case with World War One). Hopefully someday that will be the case.

      Kind Regards,

      Damian.

  2. October 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Thank you for this article.Those that fought are still remembered..

    • October 28, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      Many thanks for the comment, I am glad you enjoyed it.

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