The Irish Naval Association (INA) have for the last couple of years been invited to Ballydavid in Kerry to take part in the Dingle Food Festival by our colleague in the INA Mr Michael Johnston.
We arrived on Friday the 29/9/17 some traveling by Car and others arriving by Bus and Train we came from Dublin -Waterford - Cork - and Limerick some with their wife's. Phil ( Michaels wife) and Michael invited us into their home where they had a big fire lighting plenty of sandwiches and some apple tarts for the weary travellers. After our cup of tea we made our way to our accommodation for the weekend some of us were in TP O Connors and some in Rita Begleys after a shower and a change of clothes we went to TPs for a lovely Dinner. After dinner we went into TPs Bar where there was music laid on for us for the evening as usual on these occasions we had some very good singers who made it a great evening.
Following the Mass all went to the Pier at Ballydavid where a short ceremony was held. Michael had made up boxes filled with sand that had the names of the local people who had lost their lives at sea were inscribed in the sand boxes. These Sand Boxes were laid at the water edge and when the tide came in it took the names out to sea. I also put our wreath at the water edge on behalf of the INA and again it to was washed out to sea. Michael Moore was our parade commander for the day and he did a fine job. To conclude the ceremony the parade was brought to attention the National Flag was hoisted to the full Mast and the National Anthem was played by a local youth on a Tin Whistle, After the ceremony we retired to TPs where finger food was laid on for us and a sing song started led by one of the Famous Begley Band members on a accordion.
All the arrangements for the weekend IE Travel and Accommodation was made by Michael and our National PRO Mr Terry Cummins who did a great job.
Sin a Bhfuil