Jack Moyney VC Honoured
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the Ashbury residents association unveiled a plaque in memory and honour of Mr Jack( John ) Moyney VC who previously lived at number 9 Legion Villas
Recently the Ashbury residents association unveiled a plaque in memory and honour of Mr Jack( John ) Moyney who previously lived at number 9 Legion Villas until his death on remembrance Sunday 1980.
The ceremony started with Ashbury's chairman Tommy Murphy welcoming everyone to this event. Enda Ryan great grandchild of Jack Moyney read a short written by Clodagh O Reilly while she was in primary school aged 9 it was titled the History of the Legion Villas. '
Adrian Hewson followed with his memories of meeting Jack when he was a child and he fondly recalled seeing the VC, this left Adrian with fond memories of Jack.
Betty Nolan granddaughter of Jack along with great grandson Enda Ryan unveiled the plaque in memory of their historic ancestor. The ceremony closed and everyone was invited back to the Gaa hall for light refreshments
John Moyney VC ( 8 January 1895-10 NOVEMBER 1980)
Was born in Rathdowney County Laois and was an Irish recipient of the VC Victoria Cross, the highest most prestigious award for gallantry and bravery in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and commonwealth forces.
He was 22 years old, and a lance sergeant in the 2nd Battalion of the Irish guards British army during the 1st WW when the following deed took place for Which he was awarded the VC.
On 13 September 1917 north of Broembeek, Belguim, lance sergeant Moyney was in command of 15 men forming two advance posts. Surrounded by the enemy fire he held his post for 96 hours, having no water and very little food. On the 5th day on the enemy advancing to dislodge him, he attacked them with bombs, while also using his Lewis gun with great effect. Finding himself and his men surrounded, he led his men in a charge through the enemy and reached a stream, where he and a private Thomas Woodcock covered their party while they crossed unscathed, before crossing themselves under a shower of bullets. He later achieved the rank of Sergeant, he died in Roscrea County Tipperary 1980 and is buried in the cemetery in Roscrea. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Guards regimental headquarters (Irish Guards RHQ ).
Jack was honoured recently by the Ashbury Residents Association
This is the short story read out by Enda Ryan great grandson of Jack Moyney
Written by Clodagh O Reilly aged 9 while in primary school she is now 22 .. this was read to show that its not because its the anniversary
of the 100 years but that Ashburys history is on going
The History of The Legion Villas
My project begins in 1914, when my own great grandfather was 15 years old. He served in the British army WW1.
In the year 1920 the British government built 14 houses in Ashbury which are known as the Legion Villas, each house has just under 1 arce of land this was for the people to sow their fruit and veg.
These houses were given to the Irish who served in the British army from 1914/1918 ( great war ) most of these men suffered war injuries.
The most famous of these men was John Moyney who was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallant bravery in the war known to his friends as Jack,
he lived at number 9 Legion Villas.
Also another well known army man around Ashbury was Jerry Nolan he lived in 6 Ashbury, but he was born on the Gaol road Roscrea in Feburary 1905,
he then joined the National army in 1922 and served until the end of the war. He was stationed in various barracks around the country
and was mainly in the medical corps.
My own great grandfather and his family moved to the legion in 1938
because of his great efforts in the war he was able to live in their house rent free.
In the year 2000 the millenium year, the Ashbury residents association opened in honour of all the men and women who served in the world war 1 and 2
a garden this is called the Millenium garden, the offical opening was done by the Minister for defence.
The last house built on the Legion was in 2002 4 generations of my family have lived on the Legion in the last 67 years ........