Tag Archives: The Connaught Rangers Association

All We Can Give The Dead Is Memory

On 22nd February 2015 my wife and I flew out of Dublin Airport bound for Beauvais 50 miles north of Paris, an airport in much need of investment and used by lots of budget carriers from North Africa and especially by our very own Ryan Air. A hundred years ago on the 25th February 1915 five 2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers,… (more…)

Wandering through South Africa – Part 9

I have to raise my hand to the people of Aliwal North for the welcome they gave us and the graciousness with which they accepted our presence, we whose forbears had helped to destroy some of their heritage.  I was talking to a local politician Hennie du Preez, a councillor of Maletswai Municipality.  He wanted the names of the group… (more…)

Wandering Through South Africa – Part 2

After our late night in the Champagne Castle Hotel high in the Drakensberg Mountains are bodies were unwilling for the early start that was programmed.  Mad Mullingar had secreted his private stock and so was longer packing than us unburdened lot, however we dragged our sore heads to breakfast with the thought that he would not be carrying his burden… (more…)

Wandering Through South Africa – Part 1

It was Day 1 of our trip, 13th October 1914, five intrepids gathered in the concourse of Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, our destination KwaZulu Natal.  There was the Colonel from Limerick, Mad Mullingar from you guessed it but with a birthright of Tipperary, Flash Harry from Liverpool with 50% Roscommon heritage, our trip photographer, Boyling Scouse from that gem… (more…)