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Murrisk in County Mayo, Connacht, Ireland — Irish West

Squadron Leader R. F. C. Garvey

Sqdn Ldr R. F. C. Garvey Marker image. Click for full size.
September 24, 2009
1. Sqdn Ldr R. F. C. Garvey Marker

In loving memory of
Squadron Leader
R.F.C. Garvey D.F.C. & Bar
Only son of J.C. & Gladys Garvey
Born at Murrisk Abbey 11th July 1918
Killed in a flying accident
at Shawbury, England,
on 14th January 1948 & buried there
Dearly loved

Erected by J. C. and Gladys Garvey.
Location. 53° 46.922′ N, 9° 38.366′ W. Marker is in Murrisk, Connacht, in County Mayo. Touch for map. Memorial is on the north interior wall of the Murrisk Friary church ruins, about 100 meters north of Road R335 at its intersection with the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre parking lot.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Murrisk Friary / Mainistir Mhuraisce (within shouting distance of this marker); National Famine Memorial (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Murrisk Abbey / National Famine Monument / Statue of St Patrick (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Murrisk Fisherman's Monument (approx. one kilometer away); Major John Mac Bride / Seán Mac Giolla Bríde (approx. 8 kilometers
Sqdn Ldr R. F. C. Garvey Marker image. Click for full size.
September 24, 2009
2. Sqdn Ldr R. F. C. Garvey Marker
On wall to left of East Window.
away); Lime Kiln, Moneen, (approx. 9.6 kilometers away); Famine Museum and Granuaile Centre, Louisburgh (approx. 11.4 kilometers away); Srahwee or Altóir Megalithic Wedge Tomb (approx. 14.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murrisk.
Regarding Squadron Leader R. F. C. Garvey.
"R.F.C." stands for "Richard Francis Christopher."

Served as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1939; commissioned into the Royal Air Force, 1940, service no. 44811.

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving as a Flight Lieutenant in Royal Air Force No.170 Squadron; citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 12962, as follows:

"Flight Lieutenant Garvey has taken part in a large number of operational sorties and photographic reconnaissances, achieving some excellent results. In June 1943, whilst on a shipping reconnaissance, he sighted and photographed a large convoy of enemy shipping as a result of which five enemy vessels were sunk. Recently this officer completed five special photographic missions very successfully. He has, at all times, displayed enthusiasm, courage and a fine fighting spirit."

Air Ministry, 17th
Murrisk Friary / Mainistir Mhuraisce & Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Murrisk Friary / Mainistir Mhuraisce & Marker
November, 1944.

The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy.

Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

Flight Lieutenant Richard Francis Christopher GARVEY, D.F.C. (44811), R.A.F., 541 Sqn.

This officer has completed numerous reconnaissance sorties, setting an example of great courage and devotion to duty. In October, 1944, was detailed to obtain photographs of a certain objective. After completing his photographic runs Flight Lieutenant Garvey noticed two enemy fighters behind him. Their leader opened fire. Flight Lieutenant Garvey spiralled almost to ground level, pulling out of his dive at the last moment. His attacker, who had followed him down, dived into a wood and burst into flames. This incident is characteristic of the skill and determination consistently displayed by this officer.
Also see . . .  Sgt Maj Coughlan VC. Please find details of this VC grave located near Murrisk. Aughavale Cemetery, 5 miles east of Murrisk. This previously unmarked grave was marked in 2004 by Military Heritage Tours, an organisation dedicated to remembering the Irish soldier in what ever uniform. See home page (Submitted on March 7, 2010, by Capt Donal Buckley of Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.) 
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