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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  • High symbolic value to the Irishman are side by side, regardless of origin, religion or military unit, during the mines battle in 1917. Pure added value to you to inform in advance about this Memorial that in each part and as a whole refers to his Irish roots. You are more than aware. In such a small area as intense symbolism.
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  • floor you really in the history of the Irish units that fought in France and Belgium during Ww1. After the last battle that these units supplied are meager remains shipped to England, there disarmed and brought to Ireland. There were these fighters also no longer welcome because they had fought side by side with English tropics. at Menen have all Irish (North and South) fought together and lose a lot. a guide or good study makes this a very special Memorial.
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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...  more »