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Foxford awash with colour as Navy legend in honoured

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Pictured after the wreathlaying ceremony at the Admiral Browne statue along the River Moy, from left: Senator Rose Conway-Walsh, Brendan Brett, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Naval Officer Monetto; Argentine Ambassador to Ireland, Laura Bernal; Comandante Captian Juan Carlos Romay, Cllr Brendan Mulroy, Cathaoirleach, Mayo County Council; Cllr Neil Cruise; Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development; Dara Calleary, TD; Lisa Chambers, TD and Peter Hynes, CE, Mayo County Council.  Pic: Conor McKeown

Foxford awash with colour as Navy hero is honoured

The east Mayo town of Foxford was a hive of activity on Sunday afternoon as more than 200 Argentinian military personnel travelled to Mayo to visit the town where the founder of the country’s Navy was born.
Admiral William Brown was born in Foxford and last week’s trip was the largest to take place by officers from the Navy he led.
The crew from Argentinian tallship ARA Libertad and members from the Irish Naval Service also attended and took part in the ceremonies, which attracted many Argentinians living in Ireland, keen to meet up with their compatriots.
A memorial Mass took place at the start of the ceremonies before a parade went through the heart of the town.
Proceedings culminated on the banks of the River Moy, where a number of wreathes were laid in front of a bronze bust statue of Admiral Brown. The Argentine Ambassador to Ireland, Laura Bernal, said it was a ‘hugely emotional day for her country’.
She said that William Brown was considered a hero by the people of Argentina and the visit by its Naval personnel was very significant. Those comments were echoed by the Commander of the ARA Libertad, Captain Juan Carlos Romay.
He said that each of the officers that attended Sunday’s event would have lasting memories of the welcome they had received.
The visit was the latest link in a long-standing relationship between Foxford and Argentina.
The Admiral Brown Society works to promote the ties between the two countries and spent many months planning the event.
Today, Tuesday, November 5, over 50 children from Foxford National School will travel to Dublin, where they will board the Argentinian tall ship, the Libertad, which is docked at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin at present.

MPU Mayo