Thousands of men from Co. Wicklow fought and died during World War One. It was a conflict that impacted every street, and possibly every household, in Wicklow and the surrounding area. Their blood was split on the Western Front in France and Belgium, on Turkish soil in Gallipoli, in Salonika in Greece and even in The Holy Land of Palestine. Merchant seamen were caught up in the conflict regardless of their age or politics, their occupation making them a target.
It was a war that was fought by brothers and even fathers and sons and these families could be devastated by the loss of their menfolk. Often their suffering didn’t end when the guns fell silent as they carried their physical and mental injuries back to Ireland with them.
In his talk ‘Wicklow Men in the Great War’ historian John Goodman will tell the stories of some of the men from the Wicklow District and detail their wildly different experiences. Through official records, personal papers and newspapers, John will attempt to tell the story of their war and its aftermath on them and their families.
The talk will take place at Wicklow Library, in the Exhibition Space on the third floor on Thursday, November 24th at 7pm.
Contact Wicklow Library on 040467025 or email Wicklowlocalstudies@wicklowcoco.ie to book your place.