More than 200 Argentine military personnel, together with 100 members of the Irish Navy were in Foxford yesterday to honour the founder of the Argentine navy, Admiral William Brown.

The Naval officers attended a memorial Mass in St Michael’s Church before continuing a parade through the town.

Proceedings culminated on the banks of the River Moy, at the Admiral Brown Promenade,  where a number of wreathes were laid in front of a bronze statue of Admiral Brown.

Speaking at the event the Argentine Ambassador to Ireland, Laura Bernal, said that William Brown was considered a hero by the people of Argentina and the visit by its Naval personnel was very significant.

The Argentine officers and crew had travelled from Dublin where the ARA Libertad ship had docked for a number of days on a world tour.

Members of the Admiral Brown Society in Foxford are guests on the Libertad this evening(Monday)  and tomorrow local school principal John McHugh and staff and 50 primary school students in Foxford  will be guests of the Captain on board the Libertad before it sets off on its journey tomorrow evening to Boston.

Local councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News this morning that the turnout for the event yesterday in Foxford was spectacular and he thanked all involved in making the town a blue and white welcome for the visitors.




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