On the weekend of 3 and 4 September 2022, the Sligo Town Center will be awakened by the echoing of the marching feet of veterans of the Defense Forces combined with the upbeat vocals of several pipe bands.
LEGO will host its first military tattoo. The event is being organized by the 28th Infantry Battalion Association which was established in 2014 as a body comprising both active and retired members of the Defense Forces – mainly those who are from the 28th Infantry Battalion (Sligo, Donegal). , Leitrim).
Military tattoo organizers in collaboration with Sligo County Council and Sligo BID have been planning the event for a few months now.
Enormous efforts have been made to remember the history of Sligo’s garrison town. Finner Camp was originally a Boer War training camp and a transit-camp for soldiers stationed in the Great War of 1914–1918. The war had a great impact on the people of Sligo. Representatives from confederations such as Connaught Rangers and Royal Inskilling would be invited to participate in and commemorate the sacrifices made by their men at that time.
The local association, ‘Lest Sligo Forgets’ will be in situ at City Hall and will be able to find the names and descriptions of 600 people from Sligo and its hinterland who were tragically killed during the Great War.
There will be an exhibition of medals and uniforms belonging to this era, courtesy of the City Hall of the Lisbella South Fermanagh World War Society. Medals related to the Easter Rising and the Freedom Struggle will also be displayed at the City Hall. Finner Camp was handed over to the Free State Army after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922.
This is the centenary of that momentous occasion. The Veterans of Defense Forces parade will take place on Saturday afternoon and it will be led by a color party of the Defense Forces. The pipe band of the 28th Infantry Battalion will follow next in the parade line. Veteran groups will include the 28th Infantry Battalion Association, United Nations Veterans (IUNVA), National Association of Ex-Servicemen and Women (ONE), Association of Military Police (MPAI). Other veteran associations representing the Defense Forces are also invited to participate. The locally based 5th Field Signal and 19th Infantry Battalion will be proudly represented in the parade. Each outfit will bring its own unique colored jacket, flag and beret of multiple colors, adding a vibrant spectrum to the proceedings.
There will be unmistakable sound of ‘Mass Pipe Bands’ raising the level of entertainment across the city. The rustle of the pipes and the drum beats of the six pipe bands will create an unforgettable atmosphere.
Military vehicles from different periods, such as the First and Second World Wars, will be on display. These will include jeeps, half track vehicles and tanks. Armored Personnel Carrier. Irish United Nations-era Land Rovers will also be in parade and displayed throughout the city.
The UN period would cover the much-lauded siege of Jadotville from the Congo in 1961. Those who have seen the film, Jadotville can now see the uniforms, vehicles and weapons used by Irish soldiers of the time.
The Jadotville Lecture will take place at City Hall on Saturday 3rd. The facilitator is Commandant Leo Quinlan (retired), the son of the officer in charge at Jadotville in 1961. This symposium would be of great interest to Sligo as many of its sons fought in Jadotville.
Soldiers depicting the Napoleonic era, others depicting Spanish/Irish military history wearing full regalia with muskets and swords, will be on show for the weekend.
A centenary-style ‘armed event’ will take place outside the City Hall.
It will commemorate the events faced by the newly emerging independent state of 1922. Wreaths will be laid in honor of our comrades who died in service of peace with the United Nations.
This solemn event will feature a bugler and a drummer. Another wreath will be laid in memory of the Irish people who fell during the Great War of 1914-19 to the sound of a piper’s lament.
Under the baton of Captain Tom Kelly, the Defense Force Band of the 2nd Brigade will perform at a concert at the Clayton Hotel Sligo on Saturday evening.
The last time a Defense Force band played in Sligo was back in 2004.
The band will be complemented by the brilliant soprano Rachel Krosh.
Tickets are available and only at €20.
There will be similar feasts in the store on Sundays as well.
A trio of uniformed WWII ‘Bells’ will sing to the heart of World War II music to add to the ambience.
The three ladies will have the stage at the Quay Street car park, surrounded by full PA systems and veterans and spectators alike singing classics like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Bluebirds on the White Cliffs of Dover and Bella Ciao, but a few.
The two-day family event will be a memorable weekend. The main parade will begin on Saturday 3rd September at 2 pm. Starting at Abbey Street, it will continue along Castle Street, Grattan Street, O’Connell Street, Fish Quay and end outside City Hall on Quay Street.
The organizers of Military Tattoo are very grateful to Sligo County Council and Sligo BID for supporting and sponsoring this event. The aim is to make military tattoos an annual event in Sligo Town.