About Friends of Rathmines

Setup in 2008, Friends of Rathmines is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the ongoing upkeep of Rathmines Park, and recognising its historical importance to the local community, this country and our military history.

In 2009 we released our first publication entitled "Rathmines ...Not Forgotten" which touches on the history of the base, as well as personal stories from several personnel involved in the former RAAF flying boat base. In 2014 we followed this up with our second publication "Rathmines ...Revisited", alongside this release we have a souvenir photo book "Rathmines & friends - Reflecting on a special moment in time". Both of these books are still available for purchase at $35 and $30 respectively (plus p & h), for more details please contact us

Our Acknowledgement

Since our formation in 2008 we have endeavoured to do our best to represent, acknowledge and honour those service men and women who served at RAAF Rathmines. Joy and Alec were to visit, telephone or write to many of these Veterans (or their relatives) having served at Rathmines during the conflict of WWII.

Initially we had 92 service personnel as members on our books. It is to be noted… that all active service members were Honorary member, yet there were those who insisted on contributing. Many were of their 90 years plus, few had passed beyond the century (100). Sadly over the years some of them have passed away, generally the ‘Friends’ were advised by a relative.

However, as President I think it proper to at least acknowledge and say thank you to those loyal members and friends who, we know, have sadly said goodbye. With hand on heart, I hereby acknowledge those passing members.