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 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 »
  • So here, while the mad guns curse overhead, and tired men sigh, with mud for couch and floor, know that we fools, now with the foolish dead, died not for Flag, nor King, nor Emperor, but for a dream b...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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
  • A perfect place to reflect on the horrors of war.
  • A beautiful place which is also a testament to modern history.
  • Beautiful, serene and daunting. Visit if you can. Look, read and then sit and reflect.
  • Beautifull memorial for the Irisch soldiers