Island of Ireland Peace Park, Mesen

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The Island of Ireland Peace Park and its surrounding park, also called the Irish Peace Park or Irish Peace Tower in Messines, near Ypres in Flanders, Belgium, is a war memorial to the soldiers of the island of Ireland who died, were wounded or are missing from World War I, during Ireland's involvement in the conflict. The tower memorial is close to the site of the June 1917 battle for the Messines Ridge.DevelopmentBecause of the events of the Easter Rebellion in 1916 and the partition of Ireland under the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922 and the Irish Civil War that followed it, little was done in the Republic of Ireland to commemorate the Irish dead from the Great War or World War II. Those countries who were engaged in the Great War all preserve the memory of their fallen soldiers with national monuments in the Western Front area. This led to some ill-feeling in the already crowded emotions of the conflict on the island, and perhaps was highlighted when Northern Ireland's community's Ulster Tower Thiepval in France was one of the first memorials erected.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Spoiled a little by the rain that day but not to be missed.Pause to read the inscriptions on the stone slabs as you advance towards the round tower built in stones imported from Ireland.This tower is ...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    Look at the plaques and the words they contain. Hard not to feel emotional at this spot, looking down the ridge, and imagining what took place here a hundred years ago.  more »
  • May 27, 2017
    I came here shortly after it opened in the late nineties and was keen to visit again and see how it looks now. The tower itself is much the same of course but the park looked a little different this t...  more »
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  • May 6, 2017
    Place of peace dedicated to the 16th , 36th and 10th divisions in world war 1. Full size Irish Round Tower in the Flanders country side
  • June 22, 2017
    A perfect place to reflect on the horrors of war.
  • November 20, 2016
    A beautiful place which is also a testament to modern history.
  • July 22, 2016
    Beautiful, serene and daunting. Visit if you can. Look, read and then sit and reflect.
  • July 18, 2016
    Beautifull memorial for the Irisch soldiers

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