German soldiers cluster round a Christmas tree in 1914


A   Silent  Night  1914.



The famous Soldier’s Christmas Truce of 1914, between German troops and the

Allied troops, happened exactly hundred years ago this year, it was by any

standards an extraordinary event.

That unique & historic event will be recalled & commemorated in the Mayo Peace

Park,at 2.30pm, on Christmas Eve. Starting with a novel football game at 2.30pm, 

between teams representing the German Troops and Allied Troops, similar to the

game that was played on Christmas Eve 1914. 

The German & Allied Troop’s teams on this occasion will be drawn from the ranks of the

Castlebar Men’s Shed.

The wonderful, Castlebar Town Marching Band will be on hand to provide some festive

musical entertainment.

The Legendary Piper Pat Conlon, will play some lively tunes of the period.
A Prayer will be recited in memory of the dead, followed by some relevant poetry

readings. The “Last Post”  will be sounded in memory of all who served and

died during world war one.

somme006The Castlebar Men’s Shed Choir will then sing a selection of Christmas Carol’s and Song’s.

The powerful and evocative song “A Silent Night 1914, will feature on the programme.


Everyone is heartily welcome to come along, join in or just listen to

the Christmas  Carol’s, which will be sung by the  Castlebar Mens Shed

Choir and the girls from St Josephs Secondary School Castlebar.

There will be music and song, around the specially constructed

wartime bunker, for what will be a unique & memorable remembrance

of the Christmas Truce & “Silent Night of 1914”.

The organisers want to express their sincere thanks to Horkans Garden Centre, for

sponsoring the lovely Christmas Tree and Lighting for the occasion, ironically the great

grand father, of the current owners of the firm, the famous Patrick “ Paddy” Horkan,

served with great distinction during world war one, he was wounded on no less than

three occasions, Paddy Horkan, was awarded the military medal for bravery in the field

as a result of his heroic actions.  After the war, he went on to play a prominent role

with the old   IRA during theIrishWar of Independence


Happy Christmas To You All

by WW1Photos     Click to view some interesting U.Tube Films.


The Christmas Truce on the Western Front of 1914 from the film Oh! What A Lovely War accompanied by the music Stille Nacht - Silent Night           

Click the link to view an excellent Australian  

Newspaper article

Click the following link to see how football is remembering the Christmas Truce

BBC  News and Prince Charles remember the Christmas Truce , click the link to view.

BBC u-tube Worth Viewing

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Christmas Truce 1914

The Anniversary of Soldiers Christmas Truce of 1914, will be commemorated at 2.30pm, on Christmas Eve, in the Mayo Peace Park, Castlebar .  The programme will commence with  a novel football game  Germany v The Allied Army. Castlebar Marching Band and Piper Pat Conlon will entertain the troop's. A lovely selection of Christmas Carol's will be sung by a choir drawn from the ranks of the Men's Shed in Castlebar and St Josephs Girls Secondary School.  Everyone is invited to come along to join in the spirit of the occasion, around a specially recreated trench. 

Jeff Kildea
Mayo Historical & 
Archaeological Society.
Lecture at GMIT, on 
Wednesday,December 10th 
at 8 pm.
Prof.Jeff Kildea.Australia
More than 70 men and 
2 women from County
enlisted in the Australian 
forces during the First 
World War. Of these 
15 were killed or died 
as a resultof their war 
service. In this talk 
Professor Jeff Kildea 
will examine Mayo's 
contribution to the 
Australian war
effort and tell the 
stories of some of 
theIrish Anzacs 
from Mayo who fought
 and died in the war.


Armistice Day 2014,

The Annual Armistice Day event for 2014, will take place at the Mayo Peace Park at 10.30am on Tuesday the 11th of November 2014.

Prayer's  and  Poem's  will be followed by a wreath laying in memory of all who served and  died  in the world war's.  The Last Post will  be sounded in memory of the fallen at 11am.

All are welcome.

Remembrance Sunday 2014.

The Annual Remembrance Sunday Mass & Ceremony to commemorate  the world war dead of County Mayo will take place in Achill Sound Church at 11.30am on next Sunday the 9th of November 2014.

It has been arranged by the Achill Historical Society and a world war one exhibition is running  in conjuction with the Mass in the Parish Hall on Sunday and will be on public display at  the Library for the next few weeks.

The major contribution of the people of Achill, will be  a feature of the event's.