Allegiances Compromised: Faith, Honour and Allegiance, Ex-British Soldiers in the Irish Army 1913-1924 by Michael Whelan was launched at the County Library by Mayor Marie Corr last Tuesday evening, 21st June.
A big crowd turned out for the launch, among them many of Michael’s colleagues from the Defence Forces, including Brigadier General Paul Fry, General Officer in Command of the Irish Air Corps, and Flight Sergeant James Perkins. Local politicians Brian Hayes TD, and Councillor John Hannon were also in attendance.
Allegiances Compromised explores the stories of Irish men who fought in the British Army in World War I, and then returned home and joined the effort to fight for Ireland’s independence. Their military expertise and war experience were invaluable to the Volunteers and the Irish Army, yet they were treated with suspicion and, in some cases, contempt by their fellow Irishmen for their perceived disloyalty.
Author Michael Whelan has been a serving member of the Irish Air Corps for twenty-one years. He was served with the United Nations Peacekeeping forces in Lebanon and with the Peace Enforcement forces in Kosovo. He works at Casement Aerodrome where he is the curator of the Air Corps Museum and Heritage Project. He is also the author of The Battle of Jadotville: Irish Soldiers in Combat in the Congo, 1961 published by South Dublin Libraries in 2006.
Allegiances Compromised is available to purchase from all branches of South Dublin Libraries, priced €5, or by contacting Síle Coleman or Colette Carpenter at +353 (0)1 4620073 or firstname.lastname@example.org . It will shortly be available to borrow in hardcopy from our branches and in ebook format from our Download Zone.
South Dublin County Council through its library service is delighted to support the study and promotion of our history and heritage through the publication of this book.