The Irish Brigade website were most honoured to be invited to attend a Service of Remembrance and Conference in Maletto, on the north western slopes of Mount Etna, that covered events in the town during the Sicily campaign of July and August 1943.
After being attendant at a service at the town’s War Memorial, the Conference, which was organised by Town Assessor Gabriella Giangreco, was addressed by local historian, Giorgio Luca, and the Mayor of Maletto, Giuseppe De Luca.
Following these presentations, Irish Brigade website co-founder Richard O’Sullivan passed on the greetings of the London Irish Rifles Association to the audience of more than 60 people, including a number of townspeople who had been present in Maletto in August 1943.
Alongside Richard at the Conference were his brother, Edmund, and Edward Graham, one of the twin sons of Irish Fusilier Edward Graham, who was killed on the road from Maletto to Randazzo in the early hours of 13th August 1943.
Before the conference, Giorgio Luca was able to take a group on a short tour of the battlefield area near Maletto, which included pointing out the locations of the fighting advances of both the Royal Irish Fusiliers and London Irish Rifles on 12th/13th August 1943.
The full list of officials of the Municipality of Maletto in attendance at the Conference were: Mayor Giuseppe De Luca; Deputy Mayor Giuseppe Spatafora; Assessor Gabriella Giangreco; Assessor Maria Foti; Assessor Francesco Tirendi; President of the Town Council, Cristiana Schilirò; Councillors Domenico De Gennaro, Antonino Mineo, Vincenzo Saitta, Salvatore Liuzzo, Mario Allia, Vincenzo Parrinello.