Kevin Myers will be in Limerick next Thursday (August 27th) to speak about Limerick’s contribution during World War 1.
The free Heritage Week event, which is hosted by Limerick Museum and Archives at St Mary’s Cathedral, will see the journalist focus on 1915 in particular when Limerick suffered its worst casualty rate.
Myers has spent over 30 years researching this almost hidden history of Ireland’s involvement in World War 1.
Speaking about growing public awareness in Ireland of the role played by Irish men in The Great War, Mr. Myers said: “If we owe any duty to these men of the Great War, and I emphatically believe that we do, it is simply that as a society we must never, ever hide this truth again.”
The public lecture coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign which claimed the lives of 800 members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, 75 of whom were from Limerick. Among the Limerick men killed during the ill-fate campaign were 8 natives of the village of Coonagh who died when their ship was torpedoed. Conservative estimates suggest that one in four, or 1,000 of Limerick’s 4,000 listed men died in the First World War.
Next Thursday’s event will commence at 6.30pm with pipers playing laments and marching tunes.