American Independence Day in Mayo

American Independence Day in Mayo

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All the Mayo born soldiers who served and died with the American Forces during World War 1 and World War 2 as well as in the Korea and Vietnam Wars, will be remembered the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance, in Castlebar on next Saturday the 4th of July.

The central highlight of the ceremony, which starts at 6pm, is  the unveiling of a special memorial in memory of Corporal Joseph A. Clancy, a native of Westport who died in an air crash during the Vietnam War.  Cpl Clancy immigrated to America as a young man; he lived in Cook, county Illinois.  A large   party of relatives and family  friend’s  are  to traveling over from the United States to attend the ceremony and they  will meet with all their relatives and friends from the Westport area.

The newly revamped American Memorial in the Mayo Peace Park will also be unveiled on the day.

The very popular Achill singer James Kilbane and the talented Swinford Soprano Francie McNicholas   accompanied by musician Antoinette Byrne  will  add much  to the overall ceremony.

The ever popular Castlebar Town Band  will  provide  lively music throughout the ceremony   All of this will be topped  off  with fantastic renditions  from the wonderful piper, Mr Pat Conlon.

This is an outdoor event and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy an evening of remembrance, music and song, we would welcome any American’s living in the area, who  might want to celebrate American Independence Day to come along.

A special American style barbecue, will take place after the event in Cox’s Bar and Courtyard, with an array of fantastic entertainment laid on to round off what should be a truly memorable occasion. A small cover charge will apply for the barbecue meal.