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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  • I visited here as part of the Frontline Walk Group and this memorial like so many on our walk was very emotional. Take time to read all the plaques and understand the history and I challenge you not t...  read more »
  • In an area of cemeteries and memorials this park with its round tower and lovely views offers some moments to contemplate the Great War , Ireland's place in it and the young men who willing went for a...  read more »
  • We visited this memorial last week, while we were in the neighborhood. Too bad there's just a storm erupted over our heads, but the implantation in nature is top. You're sitting in the hill country, and on a clear day you can see very far. Beautiful soothing and a place to remember everyone who died during the war here. Beautiful region also for cycling.
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