JOURNALIST Kevin Myers will this week return to Limerick to give a lecture on the county’s contribution to World War One.
The high profile Irish Times columnist, who has spent over 30 years researching what he believes is an almost “hidden history” of Irish involvement in the Great War, will host a lecture as part of Heritage Week in St Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday.
The free event is hosted by Limerick Museum and Archives and will focus on 1915 in particular when Limerick suffered its worst casualty rate during WWI.
“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,” said Mr Myers of growing public awareness about the role played by Irishmen in the war.
Mr Myers recently spoke on the topic at the launch in the Hunt Museum of a photographic exhibition detailing life and combat in the trenches of WWI. Father Browne’s War: Photographs from the Front runs until September 20 in the Hunt.
This week’s 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 eight 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.
The talk also forms part of the Museum and Archives’ Stand Up and Fight exhibition, currently running in City Hall. The event will commence at 6.30pm and will feature pipers playing laments and marching tunes.
A number of events are taking place as part of Heritage Week in Limerick, with the Museum and Archives also hosting Bring Out Your Lace this Tuesday morning in City Hall, with the public invited to discover if they own a precious piece of Limerick’s history and heritage.
Archivist Jacqui Hayes said the aim of the event, which takes place from 11am-1pm, was to “document where lace is held and to help the owners of lace to care for it”.