Good Evening Gents 10th October 2019
Following on from our very successful attendance at the Spanish Armada Commemorations in Sligo in Sept which was arranged by our National PRO Terry Cummins,we received a invitation to attend Spain's national Day on the 10/10/2019 in the Gresham Hotel Dublin.
The following attended representing the Irish Naval Association (INA) myself and Bernie, our PRO Terry and Margaret Cummins.our Vice President who traveled up from Cork Andy Mac Sharry and the Dublin Branch Secretary Alan Ryan. We were met on arrival by the Spanish Ambassador and his wife from the start made very welcome. The Army and Air Corps had officers in attendance including a Brigade General. Also in attendance was the Russian Military Attache and to keep a balance the US Military Attache. During the reception the Spanish Ambassador came over to us and thanked us for attending there Ceremony is Sligo and asking us back next year saying that the Ceremony is getting bigger every year.
13th October 2019 Irish Naval Association Dublin Branch attended the Annual Mass in Casement Airdrome for deceased members of the Air Corps. The weather was terrible but there was still a very large attendance. Because of the weather the wreath laying Ceremony was held indoor, I laid a wreath on behalf of the INA. There was tea / coffee and biscuits in canteen after the Mass. The ceremony next year is going to be held on the second Sunday of May 2020.
PS, A few of us attended a tour of the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park in the afternoon which was arranged by Sean Brennan,this was the last tour of 2019 but it will start again next year and I would recommend this to anyone with a interest in Irish History. The guide we had was very informative and knew his stuff.
Is mise, Le meas.