The traditional New Year’s honours handed out by the Queen in Great Britain was given a Mayo twist this year with the inclusion of Castlebar man Michael Feeney on the list. The man who has worked hard behind the scenes for numerous years on the Mayo Peace Park will be awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace later this year.
Mr Feeney, who started his crusade to get the war dead of Mayo remembered back before the turn of the millennium, saw his dream come to fruition in October 2008 when the Mayo Peace Park was officially opened by President Mary McAleese in Castlebar.
Mr Feeney, a native of McHale Road who now lives in Milebush, will receive his honour for improving Irish and UK relations. Mr Feeney’s grandfather died in the Great War in France on July 22 1915 where he was serving as part of the Connaught Rangers.