Award winning local historian and author Michael Whelan will give a lecture entitled Allegiances Compromised: Ex-British Soldiers in the Irish Army 1913-1924 at the County Library, Tallaght next Tuesday evening, 27th September at 7:00 p.m.
South Dublin Libraries published Michael’s book of the same title this summer, and it 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.
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.
All are welcome to this event!