ONE hundred years after the event, World War One and Ireland’s role in it will be centre-stage at a debate to take place in Newcastle West next week.
The debate is being billed as a “war of words” with plenty of opportunities for members of the public to air their views and ask questions. Entitled Limerick at War 1914-1918, the debate will be chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland Magazine.
A number of leading Mid-West historians and academics have agreed to take part in the debate which is expected to discuss the rights and wrongs of Ireland’s involvement in World War One, the Home Rule crisis, the 1916 Rising, the role Limerick men played in the conflict and how these events have impacted the Ireland of today.
Among the speakers will be Dr Ruán O’Donnell from the University of Limerick, Dr Matthew Potter of the Limerick City Archives, author Tom Toomey, who has written several books on the period and Dr Tadhg Moloney, who has conducted extensive research on the Limerick men who served in the British Army during WW1.
The event is set to bring history alive for a modern audience by fostering lively and unfettered debate. The audience will be encouraged to participate by asking questions, sharing their opinions and memories of local involvement in the conflict.
The discussion will take place in the Desmond Castle, Newcastle West at 7.30pm next Thursday, October 9 and admission is free to the general public.