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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  • Visited this memorial while travelling to Albert. Great memorial to the Irish who fell during WWI. Situated near he scene of the battle of Messines. Beautiful round tower. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Seen from the main road, this impressive memorial looks very moving. Surrounded by other smaller stone work, an informative area, where you can also sit down on a bench and try to contemplate what the...  more »
  • So many people of different nationalities fought and died together around Wijtschate gives us food for thought, a very special place. Dave V Deinze
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  • Like a little field in Ireland. Very simple and peaceful.
  • Wonderful coming together of the entire island of Ireland in remembrance of their collective sacrifice.
  • A humbling place a must for those seeking peace.
  • 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
  • Very peaceful site of a brave fight

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