As we near the centenary of the ending of the First World War, this illustrated talk looks at Ireland’s involvement, the progress of the war and its ending, and focuses on many of the young Irish soldiers whose wills and letters survive. Not only do they provide an insight into the decisions they made in relation to their financial legacy but they reveal their fears, hopes and ambitions for the future. The stories of these young men strip away the romanticised view of war and reveal their feelings and opinions as they attempt to make a last emotional connection with their loved ones in Ireland. Among the wills and letters are those of some of the young men from Gorey who never returned, but left something of themselves for their families to treasure, as they contemplated the ending of the war and what it meant to them personally.
Please phone Gorey Library on 053 9421481 to book a place. Should you require any supports to fully participate in this event, please contact the Librarian.