Declan Hayes Gallipoli Tour
Thanks to yourself and Dick for organising and running a most memorable and informative tour. Your catering for all age groups and the dignity and time accorded for individual family tributes to lost relatives was much appreciated. We very much enjoyed the extra cultural and historic visits to Troy and Istanbul.
From a military perspective, the additional participation of Turkish experts gave a unique strategic insight and an unrivalled tactical balance to the land campaign in the Gallipoli Peninsual and to the Naval actions in the Daradanelles.
I strongly recommend your tour to all families of lost relatives and serious students of this World War 1 epic endeavour.
Liam Nolan WW1 Belgium/France
A highlight of the tour was the laying of a wreath on Saturday,14th May,at the Menin Gate,in the most moving evening ceremony,by Paul Flynn of Cashel, in memory of his grandfather,Patrick,who had been killed the Battle of Loos in August,1915,and whose grave the tour also visited.
The tour was a highly-organised and most enjoyable outing,with a most able and knowledgable guide in the person of Colonel Dick Heaslip.The organization of the tour was in the capable hands of Captain Donal Buckley of Military Heritage Tours.
Thank you very much for such an interesting and informative WW1 tour. We enjoyed
every minute esp. Etreux. Dick did a fantastic job and the visit to Messines
Church & battlefield added to the experience. I will definitely go again with my
niece and Liam's wife is signed up for Gallipoli. I have written to the Legion
and will do same for the Somme magazine & Kerryman.
I can't begin to tell you what a memmorable trip you arranged for us. You
managed not only to include everything we mentioned, but squeezed in extras
we hadn't thought of. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing
If you ever need a reference pick me!
In Apr I was priveleged to take a tour of Irish military history sites with
Capt Buckley. Those of us involved agreed that it was the best tour experience
we have had. As the Spanish Civil War is my primary fascination, I was very
moved to be taken to the tomb of Major Frank Ryan in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
I cannot adequately express how pleased I am to have contacted MHT.
Just like to say that the Normandy tour was well done and I hope to see you
again for another trip. My Grandfather Leo (WW 2 vet) says hello to anyone who
was on that tour. He enjoyed it very much.
Irish Examiner reporter on tour.
"You are so welcome, Erin go breá" said General Corran Purdon who was born in Rushbrooke, Co Cork and was commissioned into the Royal Ulster Rifles
As honoured guest at the naming of the leafy Chemin des Royal Ulster Rifles in Cambes en Plaine, Gen Purdon could not forget his fellow southerners who fought to liberate the village 60 years ago.
Lieutenant Colonel John Douglas, Chief of Staff of the Royal Irish Regiment, was delivering gentle greetings to friends, acquaintances and admirers of his much-medalled uniform. He lectured in the Curragh before the first Irish peacekeeping troops went to Liberia. He gave the troops the benefit of his experiences in the Congo, where he was almost killed by a lynch mob, and Sierra Leone, where he was lucky to avoid capture when rebel forces took 11 of his comrades hostage.
It's great to see an Irish Company promoting tours to WW2 battle sites
Wonderful site, well worth a visit and hihgly recommended,I enjoyed the tour of
Normandy for D Day 60. You did a great job to make it as interesting as possible
for all. Congrats to MHTL. God Bless you all until we meet again
Gerard at Irish Lebanon Veterans
Sgt Ricco Lucchesi
Donal & Tony. I am still kicking myself for missing the 60th Normandy
Anniversary tour, but I have a kitbag full of memories and stories from the 03
invasion! Keep the standars flying for all the Irish who soldiered iregardless of
the uniform they wore.
Hi Donal. Just looking through the photo gallery of that great Normandy tour
last year. I hope you got to see the UTV programme "We Were Brothers".
Keep up the good work. Talk to you soon. Peter
I read the Irish Times, fair play to you. As an Irishman who hopes to join the
British Army, it still annoys me that I would be regarded as a traitor just as
the Irish in WW1 were and are. Thousands fight and die, urged by their
politicians, whilst a small force of impatient rebels stage a military flop
agains orders, without support, destroying Dublin. Who are remembered as heroes?
Well done Donal. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has names of
Mayo men killed in any war this century. Good luck with your work.